As a member of the 2013 Florida State National Championship team, Myles Davis was fulfilling a dream. But getting to this point was not easy. “Playing football at Florida State was the realization of a childhood dream. It was the culmination of years of work and the execution of a 2 year process I began in high school."
"...I overcame numerous hurdles to gain acceptance to FSU and earn my spot on the team as a preferred walk-on. Through that journey, I lost 70 lbs to become a better player, took the SAT twice and the ACT 3 times to achieve the proper academic standing, just to be considered and have a chance to play for FSU."
This instilled in Davis the value of hard work. "Although I worked hard, my mother held me to a different standard so that I could achieve everything I said I wanted to achieve."
Being a walk-on taught Davis the value of preparation, appreciation, and being present. "The experience of putting on the garnet and gold, and stepping onto that field is something I’ll remember the rest of my life and will cherish because not many get that opportunity.” Unfortunately, Davis' career was cut short, after suffering from a fractured neck and a herniated disc.
Myles Davis is now an engineer at Hanger Fabrication Network, an organization focusing on the manufacturing of custom prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Let being an athlete enhance you, not define you.