NFL prospect is more than just a football player Davonte Shannon

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    NFL prospect is more than just a football player[​IMG]By Chris Rahn

    Asst. Sports Editor
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    Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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    Football, politics and leadership are three of the many words that describe the football team’s senior free safety, Davonte Shannon.

    Shannon is the only player in school history to have been named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team three times, and is currently ranks sixth in school history with 341 career tackles. The 6-foot-2-inch hard-hitting safety is also the first Bull in the football program’s Division I FBS era to be named the College Football Insider Preseason All-American Team after earning the honor prior to the start of this season.

    But what really makes Buffalo’s top National Football League prospect special is his ability to be a leader in the locker room and mentor on the field.

    “I always considered myself a leader in the way I play,” Shannon said. “It was important to me to become more of a leader in the instance of being able to communicate with my players and get the extra effort out of them.”


    But one former teammate in particular has guided Shannon to become the player he is today.


    As one of the only current Bulls to have been on the team during the 2008 MAC Championship season, Shannon’s veteran experience and knowledge made it easy for new head coach Jeff Quinn to count on the senior to take on a role of not only player, but coach on the field during practices and games.

    While many have recognized Shannon for his work in a blue and white helmet, most don’t realize that Shannon’s commitment exceeds off the football field.

    Shannon has been an active member in the UB political community and ran for a delegate position in the Student Association race last spring as a member of the ONE Party.

    Shannon surprised many people with his dedication as a member of the ONE Party, including his running mate, Ryan Linden, a senior accounting major.


    Although the election didn’t turn out in his favor, the experience of campaigning in the political world has helped shape Shannon’s character.

    “It opened my eyes to a lot. Just to be able to connect to the community is what I wanted to do,” Shannon said. “It was a great experience for me being with the ONE Party. Even though we lost, it was a great feeling just to experience that.”


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