Bills safety Vontae Davis quits, retires at halftime of game against Chargers

(RNN) - Vontae Davis played for three teams, totaled 396 tackles and reeled in 22 interceptions during his 9-year NFL career.

At the risk of overshadowing or downplaying his career, he'll likely be remembered for his retirement. To be fair, it was highly unusual.

Davis and the Buffalo Bills trailed the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime of Sunday's game. According to, when Davis reached the locker room, he took off his uniform and put on street clothes.

He abruptly told his coaches he was retiring and left the stadium.

"He pulled himself out of the game," Bills head coach Sean McDermott said. "He told us he was done."

Calling Davis' retirement unusual may be an understatement, but it's a much kinder term than his teammate Lorenzo Alexander used.

The Bills linebacker called the move "completely disrespectful."

"Never had seen it ever," Alexander told ESPN "Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. And it's just completely disrespectful to his teammates."

Davis released the following statement after the news broke:

This isn't how I pictured retiring from the NFL.

The Bills ended up losing the game 31-20.

Davis joined the team in February of this year after spending six seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He came into the league in 2009 with the Miami Dolphins.

According to ESPN, Davis earned a guaranteed $2 million this season. By being on the 53-man roster, he would have earned $15,625 per game. He'd was due $46,867 per game for making the 46-man game-day roster.

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