C.W. "Napper" Davis

Inducted: 1988

Best Known For: Football (Player & Official)

Hometown: Donna, TX

HS: Donna High School


He was one of the early pioneers in Valley football exploits, a man who captained the 1930 Donna Redskins and later went on to a long and illustrious career as an official, locally active citizen, and businessman.

C.W. “Napper Davis” was a fine high school player who scored a key touchdown in 1928 against McAllen High, for a Redskin program coached by Claude Dailey that was one of the early powers in the area.

Later, he was a football official for decades in the Valley alongside fellow greats George Strohmeyer and Jimmy Lawrence, working high school games but also many Southwest Conference tilts in the 1950s through the 1960s.

Davis served a term as mayor of the City of McAllen and ran for the state Senate in 1952, with the slogan “Beat the Machine,” showing his innate love for competition by combining sports, populist politics, and community activism.