Sports have always been a big part of Rick’s life. Born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama, Rick attended The University of Alabama on a football scholarship where he played under legendary coach Paul Bryant. During his four years at Alabama, the football team won four Southeastern Conference championships and one national championship and, following his senior season in 1974, Rick and Sylvester Croom were elected permanent co-captains by their teammates. Rick was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1975 and after playing in the NFL for four years, Rick attended and graduated from Cumberland School of Law (December 1982). In 1983 former Alabama teammate Robert Fraley and Rick formed a law firm in Orlando where a large part of their work involved college and professional sports – Ray Perkins was the firm’s first coach client when Coach Perkins followed Coach Bryant as the head football coach at Alabama. For over 30 years Rick has continued to represent college and professional football and basketball head coaches, coordinators, assistant coaches and administrators all over the country, advising them on career moves, helping to maximize potential opportunities in the marketplace, and handling all aspects of clients’ employment and endorsement agreements.
Rick is the editor of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt Coaches’ Cornerblog which provides legal and business insights as well as sporting highlights and memories from the coaching industry, and is a frequent speaker at sporting industry events and seminars.
- Alabama, 1983
- Florida, 1983
- Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1983
- University of Alabama, B.S., 1975
- Alabama State Bar
- The Florida Bar
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Board of Directors
- Monday Morning Quarterback Club
- Covenant Presbyterian Church
- A-Club Alumni
- Alabama "A" Club Educational & Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors
Bobby Bowden - Former Head Football Coach, Florida State University
"The reason I have chosen Rick Davis as my lawyer is because he is honest and I can depend on him. He handles all my business affairs. He is accessible and easy to contact. I have never had to question any of his charges. Rick has taken part in many decisions I have been faced with and shows good judgment. My wife and all my coaching sons use him. There is so much swindling and fraud going on nowadays, you need Rick Davis."
Mike Houston – Head Football Coach, East Carolina University
“I began working with Rick Davis in 2012 when I was head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne (Division II) and I felt I needed guidance on contract negotiations and decisions regarding the path of my career. Rick has worked closely with me ever since to represent me in a manner that reflects my intentions and best interest. He has the ability to work with employers on all matters regarding contractual agreements and use his experience and wisdom to reach agreements without stressing relationships. My wife and I trust Rick not only regarding contractual matters but also with giving us honest guidance with what is best for our family as career opportunities arise. Rick Davis is someone we can trust completely to always do what is right and have our best interests in mind.”
Sylvester Croom - Former Head Football Coach, Mississippi State University
"I've known Rick since our freshman year at Alabama - he and I were voted co-captains by our teammates our senior year. I trusted him back then as a teammate and I've trusted him as an advisor at every stage of my coaching career - as an assistant and head coach in college and as an assistant coach in the NFL. He's been an honest, skilled and respected negotiator and has also provided objective career advice while consistently looking out for my best interests, both personally and professionally."
Chan Gailey - Former Head Football Coach, Buffalo Bills, Georgia Tech and Dallas Cowboys
"I first called Rick for advice back in the early '90s when we were both in Birmingham and I was head coach in the World League and at Samford University. He's been with me at every stop since then. He understands the on-the-field part of what a coach does because he played the game at Alabama and in the NFL. I also trust his extensive knowledge of the business environment that makes up college and professional football. And to top it all off, he's honest."