Titus Davis lost his battle with a rare form of kidney cancer, renal medullary carcinoma (RMC), at the age of 27 this past Wednesday. He had been receiving chemotherapy treatment in Houston following the diagnosis this past July. Davis was a member of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad for a few weeks during the summer of 2015. RMC, which frequently carries a survival rate of less than one year, typically afflicts children, adolescents, or young adults of African decent with sickle-cell trait,
Davis was the older brother of Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis. During Week 10’s Thursday Night Football broadcast, the announcing team made mention of Titus’s passing and showed his younger brother—visibly upset and playing with a heavy heart.
Bills fan and Twitter user X- Alex Jones (@sanealexjones) challenged Bills Mafia to honor Titus Davis’s life by donating $10.12 to the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) in his memory. A spokesperson for the Kidney Cancer Association said the organization has seen a significant increase in donations. As of Saturday, the KCA had received more than $1,200 in donations.
#BillsMafia let's show our true colors by donating 10.12 in honor of Titus Davis. Even though @TheCDavis84 is an opponent we still support those going through immeasurable pain and loss #Titans https://t.co/qS5GR1zuGb @BuffRumblings @DelReid @RyanTalbotBills https://t.co/9XIJh5Z2fr— X- Alex Jones (@sanealexjones) November 13, 2020
Titus Davis was a star receiver with Central Michigan—arguably the college’s all-time best at the position. Davis stands above all at CMU in receiving yards (3,700) and receiving touchdowns (37)—passing former Chippewa Antonio Brown en route to both records.
His NFL career was brief, first signing as an undrafted free agent with the Chargers, then spending time New York Jets’ and Bills’ practice squads, before one final tryout with the Chicago Bears in 2017.