Former Packers tight end Tyrone Davis dead at 50

Played in 69 games from 1997-2002

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Former Packers TE Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Davis, who played tight end for the Packers from 1997 to 2002, died Oct. 2, according to an obituary posted on the website of Jeffress Funeral Home in South Boston, Va.

Davis was 50.

In six seasons with the Packers, Davis played in 69 games and started 27. He was the Packers' starting tight end in 1999 and for part of the 2000 season, but otherwise played mostly in two tight end sets and as a backup to Mark Chmura or Bubba Franks.

The Packers acquired Davis in an August 1997 trade with the New York Jets for past considerations. He had played in six games for the Jets, who had drafted him in the fourth round out of Virginia, over the course of the 1995 and '96 seasons.

With the Packers, Davis also played in seven postseason games, including Super Bowl XXXII. His caught a career-high seven TD passes in 1998 and then started 22 games over the next two years with 39 receptions. The Packers released him in August 2003.

Davis' funeral was held Oct. 8. According to University of Virginia beat writer Jerry Ratliffe, Davis died of an undisclosed illness.

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