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It was a memorable game with an incredible ending that put Brad Davis in the hearts of LSU fans, but for him, he would rather be noted for more than just one game.

When Davis finished his collegiate career as a Tiger in 1975, he was the leading rusher in LSU history, surpassing Heisman winner Billy Cannon. Today, Davis still remains in the top ten, a feat he is proud of considering his playing time.

Davis said at the time he played football for then Head Coach Charles McClendon, players never saw any action on the field during their freshman year. Davis had to wait until he was a "true sophomore" to see actual game time.

Davis said considering he only had three years to accomplish what players are doing in four years today, he is proud that he is still one of the leading rushers for LSU.

But in his career at LSU, one game stands out as one of the greatest moments in LSU history.

In 1972, an unbeaten Tigers team faced Ole Miss in Death Valley. Trailing 16-10, LSU got the ball with under a minute remaining in the game after the Rebels missed a field goal that would have put the game out of reach.

Coach McClendon put in Davis after an equipment malfunction prevented the starting running back to enter the final drive.

"He told me to just go in there and block for Bert [Jones]," Davis said.

After two incomplete passes and a pass interference call, the Tigers were left with only one play left after one second mysteriously remained on the play clock.

"Everyone on the field thought time had expired," Davis said. "We looked up and saw that there was one second left."

The Tigers capitalized on the play, as quarterback Bert Jones found an open Davis in the corner of the endzone.

"When I came off the line, I was open on the first step," Davis said.

Davis' one handed catch propelled the Tigers to a 17-16 victory over the Rebels, but for Davis, his touchdown meant more than just a victory.

"It was like a dream come true," he said. "It was like when you're a kid and you dream of hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. This was my version of the ninth inning."

Davis was elected to the LSU Hall of Fame in 1988, and was later joined by his good friend and other half of the play, Bert Jones, in 1992.

Although he set numerous records and made momentous plays while at LSU, Davis's fondest memories of his collegiate days are of his teammates and his head coach.

"It was a dream come true to play at LSU," he said, "and play for coach McClendon."

Davis said that McClendon preached senior leadership and hard-nosed football, something rarely seen today. Those lessons by McClendon taught Davis not only about football, but also about life.

"The biggest highlight for me was playing for Coach Mac and learning from him," Davis said.

Davis also remembers the players he shared the field with during his time in college. He calls Bert Jones the greatest quarterback ever to play at LSU, and Jones' successor at quarterback Mike Miley the best athlete in the history of LSU.

After graduating with a degree in microbiology, Davis was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. His professional career, however, was short lived, as he tore his ACL and MCL in his third game against the New Orleans Saints. Despite efforts to return to the NFL, Davis decided to end his football career.

He enrolled in the LSU dental school, and started his profession in Opelousas.

25 years later, Davis still practices dentistry. Although he no longer plays football, he stays active in other sports.

"I'm an avid golfer," he said. "Not a great golfer, but I go out there four or five a week."

Davis still remains passionate about LSU football. Every year, he, wife Kim, and daughter Amy, attend every Tigers home game, tailgate before the games, and even travel to every bowl game LSU plays.

"We're great big fans. We've been following the team forever and will continue to," he said.

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