Athlete-Entrepreneur: The OG Series, Part I



Spotlight on Willie D. Davis, (1934 - 2020) two-time Super Bowl Champion and founder of All Pro Broadcasting, Inc.


As a defensive end, Willie D. Davis was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1960s. After his football career, Davis turned to business. He is the founder of All Pro Broadcasting, Inc., and has had a successful business career that has spanned over 45 years. He's also sat on the board of directors of several Fortune 500 companies. Davis was a trailblazer in both the sports and business worlds, and has been an inspiration to many.

"One day I called Coach Lombardi [Vince Lombardi]… and I said, 'Coach when I started out in football… I didn't know that it was gonna turn out as well… I think I'm gonna drop out of the University of Chicago.'… and he said, 'The Willie Davis I know has never quit at anything'… my last two quarters at the university, I was on the dean's list. Which… was one of the greatest achievements that I ever had equal to anything I ever did on the athletic field." - Wille D. Davis

Looking back, Davis said: "The first eight boards that I sat on, I was the first and the only black… some of that was driven by football… But I think the real invitation came when they discovered that I also had my… M.B.A."

Willie D. Davis is amongst a dynamic list of athletes turned entrepreneurs who have helped to pave the way for the future athletes. At BPM, we honor the OGs and the GOTs who together raise the bar for Black success in business.