Eagles Davis lives on in stories, scholarship foundation
|Otho Davis, left, at work on game day.|
The place was the West Chester University media workroom, circa Eagles training camp when Ray Rhodes was the head coach.
The side door to the media workroom had a nasty habit of locking at the worst possible times. Like 11 o'clock at night when everyone else was gone except for one reporter getting a jump on the next day.
This guy left his computer and the keys to his car inside to step outdoors to smoke a cigarette, of all things. Panic immediately set in the second the propped open door closed.
The media relations staff had all left for home. Or so he thought. Next door was the players-coaches dormitory that included Otho Davis and the training staff. Davis recognized the reporter, was amused by the story and found a hotel number for Doria DeMarco of the media relations staff. Her rather loud response to Davis' explanation for the late call could be heard through the earpiece. But she was on her way in minutes. And when she arrived it was obvious she had been ready to turn in for the night. Davis had come through again.
Everyone had an Otho Davis story. And the legacy of the late Davis lives on in the Otho Davis Scholarship Foundation (ODSF) awards banquet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. the Sheraton Society Hill.
The night is full of Eagles celebrities including emcee Ron Jaworski and former Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil and includes raffles, live and silent auctions and local celebrities. Tickets are available by calling 877-500-1129 or logging onto www.OthoDavisFoundation.org.
The ODSF is honoring former Eagles team physician, Dr. Vincent DiStefano as the first recipient of the Dick Vermeil Award.
The winner of the ODSF’s annual $10,000 scholarship, Brittany Baxter is completing her third and final year in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson
University School of Health Professions. Baxter, from Stroudsburg, Pa., is a graduate of Rider University, where she helped the field hockey team reach the postseason four straight seasons.
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