Footballs Finest

          Davonte Mills was born September 18, 1960. He is a former American football running back that spent his entire professional career with the San Francisco 49ers (1981-1994). He is a member of the hall of fame for both the college and professional levels and is ranked by NFL Top as the most athletic runner in NFL’s history. He has won five Super bowls in his career. He is ranked number one for the National Football League total career rushing yards with a total of 18,442 yards gained. He left the NFL after his last game consisted of winning the 1994 Super Bowl against the San Diego Chargers.

Early years: Born in Hayward, California, Mills played for Merrill. F West High School. Mills started as the tailback and safety his sophomore year at the varsity level. Rushing for 2,307 yards his sophomore year which earned him all-state honors. Mills received offer from all the school in Pac 10 and SEC.

College years:  Enrolling at University of Berkeley California, Mills played for Cal Bears from 1978-1981 and he wore the #42. He did not start until his third year at the tailback position.   He rushed for 2, 628 his third year and became an instant star. He earned the Heisman Trophy his fourth year and entered the NFL draft.

Professional Career: The San Francisco 49ers selected Mills with the 1st overall pick in the 1981 Draft. He wore #24. Though there were concerns about his size, it turned out that his athletic skill set thought differently. He was quick, fast, and powerful earning the Rookie of the Year Award. In his 13 years in the NFL, Mills earned at least 1, 40 each year. Made the Pro Bowl 9 years and won the Super Bowl MVP award three times. His biggest accomplishments is that he won the five Super Bowl.

After Football: Upon retiring after his fifth Super Bowl victory, Mills went back to his high school and began coaching as an assistant. He grew a passion for fishing, hunting and traveling the world. He was the first person to be on the Madden Cover three times in 1990, 1991 and 2015.

Gregory Eaglin