Last year when the team decided to hold an Uplifting Athletes fundraiser in honor of Mark Herzlich, Wes Davis took the time to write me. He didn't need to. I am just another jerk on the internet (often ripping his coaches and teammates). But Wes decided that getting the message out about the event was more important than who the messenger might be. Having a strong showing for his teammate was more important. Fighting cancer -- in anyway they could -- was important.
His email to me was clear and heartfelt. I was glad to pass along the message. But Wes and the other team leaders behind the Uplifting Athletes showed that they are more than just jocks. They are thoughtful men, mature beyond their years. It was no surprise when Wes was named Captain this season. He's been leading this team long before he had the title.
I am sorry the Wes's career ended prematurely. He was a very good player for four seasons. I am sure he could have made a go of a pro career in the CFL or UFL. But I don't think that really matters. I think Wes has much bigger things ahead of him. The qualities he carries with him translate far beyond the football field.