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Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis

Sport:
Football (Inducted 1973)



1973 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Andrew Davis played for four years as a tailback for the Colonials' football team, where he held numerous all-time records at GW. Davis arrived on a football scholarship, and was an outstanding defensive back in the annual Blue-Gray game in 1951. During his GW career, he completed 237 of 532 pass attempts, passed for 3,587 yards and threw 14 touchdown passes. Davis was the hero of the 1947 Georgetown game when the Colonials defeated the Hoyas for the first time. He played four years in the All-Southern Conference, where he earned All-American honorable mention all four years, and held the all-time Southern Conference total offense record (5,003 yards over four years). He finished in the top 10 in total offense for three years and held the longest pass play from scrimmage in the 1949 season (94 yards).

Davis ranked among the nation's top collegiate stars when he finished sixth in total offense, eighth in kickoff returns, 15th in punt returns and 20th in passing. Davis was the first player in history to win all three trophies offered by the Washington Touchdown Club for excellence in high school and college.

Known as "Handy Andy" by the local media, Davis was the second draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 1952. He played both offensive and defensive positions until 1953, when he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants. Following his football career, Davis went on to become an insurance representative for John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Davis came to GW from Washington's McKinley Tech High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1945-'46. Davis, who died in 2007, was married to Dorothy Davis, and had five daughters: Andrea, Suzanne, Laurie, Patricia and Leslie.

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