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Former Green Bay Packers Tight End Dies At 50

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The NFL community received heartbreaking news this Wednesday afternoon. 

Tyrone Davis, a former NFL tight end for both the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, has passed away. He was 50 years old. 

The former NFL player reportedly died on Oct. 2 from an undisclosed illness. Funeral services were held Oct. 8. 

"Davis’ obituary on the Jeffress Funeral Home website was discovered by the New York Post. He died on October 2 and services were held on October 8. According to Virginia Cavaliers beat writer Jerry Ratcliffe, Davis died from an undisclosed illness," via Fox News.

Tyrone's brother, Jeff, wrote a touching tribute on Facebook. 

"This is by far one of the hardest posts to write," Davis’ brother Jeff wrote on Facebook. "Last night, the Lord opened up heaven and received my baby brother. This is definitely a tough one for me as this was very unexpected.

"Tyrone caught many touchdowns in the NCAA and NFL. Last night, he made the ultimate touchdown completion! Take your rest lil bro. Your race is now complete. Big bro loves you!!"

Davis, a University of Virginia alum, was taken by the Jets in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He spent two years with the AFC East franchise. 

Davis eventually became known for his contributions in Green Bay. He played six of his eight NFL seasons with the Packers. 

The longtime NFL tight end finished his career with 73 catches for 795 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

Davis still holds the record for career touchdown receptions (28) for the University of Virginia football team.