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Do you remember the NFL Europe? How about Rohan Davey? If you answered ‘yes’ to the first question, then chances are that you remember the 6’2″, 245-pound quarterback that was hailed the “Golden Arm.” On the contrary, if you don’t have a clue to what the NFL Europe was, then you probably never heard of Rohan Davey.
Davey, who is now 32 years old, attended Louisiana State University, where he threw for 3,347 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season. Scouts drooled over Davey’s big-time arm and presence in the pocket, but the general consensus was that Davey lacked NFL accuracy. Still, the Patriots — apart of the Bill Belichick and Nick Saban pipeline — drafted Davey in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
The next three years were uneventful for Davey, as he continually fought off the likes of Damon Huard and Kliff Kingsbury for the backup quarterback spot behind the emerging Tom Brady. Following the 2004 season Davey traveled overseas and joined the Berlin Thunder apart of NFL Europe.
It was here where a star was born (hint of sarcasm).
Davey captivated the entire NFL Europe world — and some of us who are so football-craved that we actually watched — hurling touchdown after touchdown after touchdown, 19 to be exact. Davey led the Thunder to the World Bowl, where he was later named the 2004 NFL Europe Offensive Player of The Year. The Jamaica born quarterback quickly became a hot commodity around league circuits, but with Brady at the helm it appeared as if Davey could be used as trade bait for New England.
Unfortunately for New England, Davey’s success stayed in Europe and didn’t translate back to the Patriots. Like what was the case for years prior, Davey failed to really do anything in his stint in Foxboro. Davey eventually lost his No. 2 position to USC rookie Matt Cassel and failed to beat out Doug Flutie for a roster spot. After being released in 2005, Davey signed with the Arizona Cardinals, where he failed to impress once again.
After a couple of stints in the Arena Football League, Davey was arrested and booked as a fugitive after violating his probation.
What can we learn from Rohan Davey? Not much. But, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both Davey and the NFL Europe collapsed almost simultaneously.
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