By: Jake Spitz – Media Relations Student Assistant
Because the Davis brothers have a ‘special bond’ that goes back to their days of playing youth football.
After growing up and playing the game they love together for their entire lives, Sean went off to College Park, leaving Isaiah to continue his football career back home in Temple Hills, Maryland.
A few years later it was Isaiah’s turn to decide he wanted to continue his education and football career at the University of Maryland.
During their time at Maryland, simply going to school together proved to not be enough for the Davis brothers, which ultimately led to them becoming roommates for a portion of their time together on campus.
But again, the time came for Sean to leave his brother and try to succeed at the next level. And when the Pittsburgh Steelers called his name during the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, their rock-solid relationship developed an even stronger core.
“It was awesome,” Davis said about his brother’s first season as a professional. “We always anticipated him getting drafted, but it’s still an incredible feeling when it happens.”
Sean had a very successful season with the Steelers, starting in nine games and recording 55 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception. After being overlooked by scouts and draft experts for most of his collegiate career, his success proved to be an inspiration not only to his younger brother, but all of his former Terrapin teammates.
“Sean showed myself and a lot of us here at Maryland that it’s definitely possible to make it to the NFL,” Isaiah said. “You don’t have to be a superstar or one of the top recruits out of high school. It was just motivation that I can get there too.”
Both of the brother’s success on the gridiron is the product of a lot of hard work and dedication that began when they were very young. The Davis boys trained with their father Sean, who developed their passion and love for the game of football.
“My father has been helping Sean and myself for as long as I can remember,” Davis explained. “To see us both get to Maryland and now to see Sean succeed in the NFL has just shown our family that hard work pays off.”
While Sean’s success has meant a lot to many different people, it’s safe to say there is nobody more proud than younger brother Isaiah.
“We bled on that field together,” Davis said as he looked out towards Maryland Stadium. “His success just makes me want to get to the next level even more.”
To get there, it will take more hard work and dedication -- the same qualities he’s had since he was growing up. Those qualities were evident throughout Davis’ 2016 season, which concluded with his first career start in the Quick Lane Bowl against Boston College. His successes only made him work harder this past offseason, and he is now looking for every possible way to improve his craft.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the film room with Coach Barnes and Jermaine (Carter Jr.),” Davis explained. “We’ve all been focusing on what I can do to get better and we’ve been spending a lot of time watching film on our opponents for the upcoming season.”
But when Davis feels that there might still be something missing, he knows there’s someone just one call away who’s always looking to help him out.
“Sean will send me clips of my film with some notes and things to work on at practice,” Davis said. “He’s always helping me with football and life and we’ve created a pretty special bond over the years.”
A pretty special bond indeed.