The Cleveland Browns drafted Willie in 1956, but Army service intervened and he didn't join the team until 1958.
Just when Willie appeared ready for a regular offensive tackle job in 1960, he was suddenly traded to Green Bay.
Willie was surprised and upset with the trade to Green Bay and briefly considered quitting. However, the Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, quickly assured Davis that Green Bay needed a top-flight defensive end and he thought Willie was the man.
Davis possessed the intangibles – dedication, intelligence, leadership – that enabled him to rise a cut above almost everyone else.
Davis was as durable as he was dedicated, never missing even one of a possible 162 games in his 12-year tenure.
Davis recovered 21 opponents' fumbles during his career, just one shy of the record when he retired.
Willie was an All-NFL selection five times in six years from 1962 to 1967 and selected to play in five consecutive Pro Bowls.
Davis was a major factor in Green Bay’s winning tradition of the 1960s that included five NFL championships and six divisional titles in eight seasons.
Davis, a hard-hitting, big play defender, frequently dropped opposing ball carriers or quarterbacks for losses and or caused them to lose possession of the football.
Willie with his bust and mural in 1981.
Willie's Hall of Fame mural
Willie's Hall of Fame bust.