Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Troy Davis

Troy Davis


  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Iowa State
  • High School: Miami Southridge High School (FL)
  • Years: 1994-1996
  • Inducted: 2016
  • Place of Birth: Miami, FL
  • Date of Birth: Sep 14, 1975
  • Jersey Number: 28
  • Height: 5-8"
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

The only player in FBS history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons, Troy Davis finished his stellar career as the best running back in Iowa State history. He becomes the second Cyclone player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time consensus First Team All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, Davis led the nation in rushing in both his sophomore (2,010 yards) and junior (2,185) seasons. The 1996 Big 12 Player of the Year twice earned first team all-conference honors, and he set the conference’s single-season rushing record as a junior. The Miami native owns nearly every rushing record in Iowa State history, including game, single-season and career marks for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total offense.

Davis also became the first sophomore to break the 1,000-yard barrier in the first five games of the season in 1995. During his Heisman runner-up season in 1996, Davis ran for 2,185 yards, currently the fifth-most in a single season in FBS history, and he never had less than 130 yards in a game. He rushed for 4,382 yards and 36 touchdowns in his illustrious career, and he owns the sixth-highest single-game rushing performance in FBS annals with 378 yards against Missouri in 1996.

Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Davis would play three seasons with the franchise before moving to the Canadian Football League. There, he racked up five-straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, and he was named a CFL All-Star in 2004. Davis also led the Edmonton Eskimos to the 2005 Grey Cup.

Davis was inducted into the Iowa State Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. His brother, Darren, currently sits second all-time on the Cyclones’ career rushing list behind Troy.