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says. “But when you’re with Otho, you trusted him and you worked
hard to get back to the lineup. He did it with love and he did it with
laughter, and that’s a great combination.”
Davis is remembered fondly to this day by the legions of athletic
trainers who studied under him or who heard the legendary
stories about his methods, by the players who spent time in his
care, and by the Otho Davis Foundation, which on November 14
held its 20th annual Otho Davis Foundation Scholarship Dinner in
Philadelphia. The event packed the house at a city hotel ballroom
and continued its tradition of providing scholarships to young,
aspiring athletic trainers.
Davis was a five-time recipient of the National Athletic Trainers
Association’s Professional Trainer of the Year award. He also was a
member of the Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame. From 1971-89, he was
the executive director of the NATA, an organization whose national
headquarters office building in Dallas is named in his honor.
And he was an Eagle, through and through.
“As time went on, he became a mythical figure,” former Eagles
linebacker Seth Joyner says. “He had some remedies that weren’t
traditional. What he was able to do to get guys healthy and get guys
ready to play, I think, was unprecedented in the history of training
staffs. You were his son. He treated you like you were one of his.
When someone like that treats you that way, you never forget that
person. He meant so much to so many people in and out of the
game of football.”
John Travolta was filming a movie in Philadelphia in 1980 when he hurt his ankle. Travolta went to Veterans Stadium every day for a week to get treated by Otho Davis.