College Football Hall of Famer Jeff Davis’ office occupies prime real estate in Clemson’s gleaming new football operations building — just off the lobby, a few steps from the Tigers’ national championship trophy. The location was a considered choice by head coach Dabo Swinney. Davis (pictured above) is something of a showcase item for the program.
A poster featuring Davis’ former teammate, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, hangs on one office wall, and footballs memorializing some of Davis’ biggest games as a player line the shelves behind his desk. There’s a stuffed tiger perched on a bright orange chair next to him, which after some inspection, Davis realizes has been signed by former coach Tommy Bowden. It’s there, he said, to entertain any kids who might stop by.
The decor is something of a shrine to Davis’ alma mater, but he isn’t here to sell Clemson football. He’s here to tell players how small their chance of success on the field really is.