My dream is to play in the NFL, NBA and MLB, all at once until I am too old to play. He was a walk-on for the track team and didn't join the football team until the spring semester of his freshman year.
The NFL might not have happened for Davis had it not been for Justin Wilcox, who was hired as the Cal football coach in 2017, a year after Ashtyn’s “Jake Ashton’’ season with the program. “It melted me,’’ Sean says.
“He’s addicted to adrenaline,’’ his mother, Christine, says. “It seems like they’re trying to find a way to count me out,’’ Gipson recalls Ashtyn telling him. That’s awesome.’ ’’. Lexi recalls “a really heavy talk with my mom, my dad and him’’ about whether to accept the free Cal education or pursue his first love. View Ashtyn Davis' career, season and game-by-game football stats while attending Santa Cruz High School. “All I ever needed was my foot in the door, and I keep that same mindset. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. First, he had to find out who to call in the football program to ask if he could try out for the team.
He became the front man for a popular Bay Area band called “Code III,’’ which opened for the likes of “Rage Against the Machine’’ and “Public Enemy’’ in the ’90s. All Rights Reserved. Gipson says he was approached by agents who wanted to sign Ashtyn to a professional contract. I am a 17 year old senior from Santa Cruz High School. “I was at the California State High School track meet to recruit another young man on my radar,’’ the now-retired Cal track coach recalls.
He and his father used Google to track down the person to call — Andrew McGraw, the director of operations for the football team. “My most prized possession,’’ Mahutga says. They just don’t know it yet.’’. Gipson says Davis was “bothered’’ by the fact that, ahead of the draft, he wasn’t one of the 60 or so collegiate prospects for whom the league set up home video hookups to record their reactions to the broadcast once they got drafted. By the time Davis left the Cal track program, he did so as a four-time All-American with the school record in the 60-meter hurdles. He wanted to take a different path.
“He’s always had a big drive to succeed, and he knew that sports was something that he could do that in. Ashtyn was barely out of diapers when Mahutga told his daughter, “There’s something special about this kid. The Jets have listed Davis (groin) as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports. “He was shaking a little bit.’’. Though Davis is humble and low-key, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t confided to those closest to him about his displeasure for all the times he’s been overlooked. “I had never even seen or heard of Ashtyn Davis, and I’m watching the guy I went down there to target in the prelim rounds and here’s this guy in this all-white uniform running step-for-step with him. After junior or senior year, everyone was kind of used to it and no one was bugging me anymore. He attended UC Berkeley where he played football and ran hurdles. Abstaining from drugs and alcohol, however, did not come without its challenges for Ashtyn.
“He turned it down, because he wanted to play football,” Gipson says, explaining that, by NCAA rule, accepting the track scholarship would have ruled him ineligible for football without giving up the track scholarship. Sports is my hobby and that is all I do. “I want to write the Jets coach [Adam Gase]. “He said, ‘I’d be interested.’ I said, ‘Be in my office Monday morning with your transcript,’ and that’s how it got started.’’. I’d match [Ashtyn] up against any wide receiver in this country. “He would call me and say, ‘My friends are drinking, I feel super awkward.’ He was definitely frustrated and confused and angry, and he channeled that elsewhere. “He was always saying, ‘One more, one more, please just one more … ’ until it was pitch black out there and the swamp light had to be turned on so he could have one more catch,’’ Ashtyn’s younger sister, Lexi, recalls.
He has missed the Jets' previous two games due to a nagging groin issue.
He played college football at California, where he was also a hurdler, and was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. By RotoWire Staff Oct 10, 2020 at 11:22 am ET 1 min read The Jets have listed Davis … He and NFL player Jared Goff have both played football for Berkley. So, he pursued it full force and it’s paid off. “He started to struggle a little bit in high school, because he didn’t drink and didn’t do drugs,’’ Christine recalls. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. He was a walk-on for the track team and didn't join the football team until the spring semester of his freshman year. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved As part of a sixth-grade art project, Davis produced the poster with a picture of Michael Strahan on it and a handwritten pledge that read: “One day I hope to be famous. “I figured if there’s another person that’s just as talented as me out there and they’re smoking or drinking, I’d have a leg up naturally without even having to do anything,’’ he says. Ashtyn Davis (with sister Lexi) was also a track star. “Being in football for 20 years, I’ve come across some unbelievable stories and Ashtyn’s story is as good as it gets,’’ Wilcox says. Those words have echoed through all 23 years of Ashtyn Davis’ life. I am currently 6’2” and weigh 180 pounds. Those issues likely pushed him back a few spots in the draft. I’m getting a call.’ He was so quiet about it, I thought he was kidding. After going offense on their first two picks, the Jets... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Ashtyn Davis and his grandfather Roger Mahutga, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Sam Darnold says he's fine after regretful decision, Patrick Mahomes made Jets pay for stopping Le’Veon Bell’s revenge, Trick play said everything about unfair Jets matchup, Jets trade veteran as fire sale continues, Time to stop patting Giants on the back for trying, Soccer is glimmer of hope in New York's sports landscape. He attended UC Berkeley where he played football and ran hurdles. “I think it really showed him what he doesn’t want to be.’’. When he first walked onto the football team, Dykes kept accidentally referring to him as “Jake,’’ confusing him with teammate Jake Ashton. Turning down track money in pursuit of his football dream was the second time Davis bet on himself. Ashtyn Davis (born October 10, 1996) is an American football safety and return specialist for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). They’re looking for receivers. I think that elevated his drive.’’. He’s addicted to sports, to the adrenaline of competing, to learning and becoming not just better, but the best. “A huge part of my story was missing Ashtyn’s 11th birthday,’’ Sean says. “OK, we’ll eat your tuition for however long it takes,’’ they said. Sean Davis’ struggle with drugs and alcohol helped shape who his son is today. “He was frustrated. It was during his first year at Cal running track, 2015, when Davis set the second part of his life plan into motion. Jets' Ashtyn Davis: Labeled as questionable . People now are like, ‘What?
“That’s exactly what I told him,’’ he says. Look at him now.’’. “I came up and I hit somebody on a running play and everybody cheered and I didn’t feel like a walk-on anymore. Davis was limited at practice all week and should be considered a true game-time decision at this point. That was just me. “When he was in high school, all the girls drank and smoked and he was like, ‘All the girls do it, and I’m not cool,’ ’’ she says. So, if people were going to call me ‘Jake’ I didn’t really care anymore.’’. The Post interviewed more than a dozen family members, friends, teammates and former coaches who’ve played the most significant roles in helping Davis along in his shocking and unlikely journey to the NFL. I honestly felt that way and I still feel that way. That was my moment of realization.’’. A groin injury late in the season, for which he needed surgery, prevented him from playing in a bowl game or performing at the NFL combine, and COVID-19 prevented him from having a pro day. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. at
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We treat it like a birthday to him. Ten days after missing his son’s birthday, Sean, who’d been in and out of rehab before, went back for the last time — on Oct. 20, 2008. Submit your Jets questions here to be answered in an upcoming Post mailbag. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. “Well, I plan to go down to University of Redlands and play D-3 football,’’ Davis told him. “I don’t care what round I go in. Mike Gipson is as responsible as anyone for discovering Ashtyn, who played on losing high school football teams and took up track as a junior only to hone his speed for football.
It was during that period when Sean was a recreational drug user, a habit that would spiral into addiction when he found his father dead from addiction. Ashtyn says he has never done drugs, drank or even smoked a cigarette. Your California Privacy Rights He was super-quiet and then he said, ‘My phone’s ringing. After walking on to the Cal track team, Davis ran for one year and was offered a scholarship. He wanted to be successful. Four years ago, on Oct. 20, 2016, Ashtyn and Lexi got matching tattoos on their left wrists to commemorate their father’s sobriety. Your Ad Choices “I knew since he was 10 years old he would be a professional,’’ Mahutga says. “I said, ‘What if I could get you into Berkeley?’ ’’ Gipson says. He hasn’t touched drugs or alcohol since. “The next day, I was at the same tattoo parlor getting my matching tattoo. Lexi calls her brother’s story — highlighted by the fact that he was a walk-on to both the track and football teams at Cal before earning a scholarship and getting drafted into the NFL — “unbelievable.’’, “It’s one of those things that doesn’t sound real,’’ she says. 6-keys: media/fantasynews/nfl/reg/free/stories.
I see it.’’. “And look how it worked out,’’ Lexi says.
Before Fame. “That was the day we got our dad back,’’ Lexi recalls.
“We grew up without our dad,’’ Ashtyn says. “That thing is like gold to him,’’ Christine says. After graduating from Santa Cruz High in 2016, Ashtyn walked on as a track athlete at Cal Berkeley, then turned down a scholarship because the money came with a no-football clause. “On draft night, I was outside sitting on a stool watching Ashtyn through the window inside sitting on the couch,’’ Christine says. He was the 68th overall pick. Davis hasn't suited up for the Jets since Week 2, but he'll make his return after logging limited practices each day this week.