FOX NFL game analyst Charles Davis has partnered with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and reporter Pam Oliver for FOX’s NFL coverage since 2017. A veteran broadcaster and the longtime lead game analyst for FOX Sports’ college football coverage, Charles Davis moved into the NFL booth full-time in 2015.
DECORATED BROADCASTING CAREER
Davis called his first NFL playoff game when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 in the 2019 NFC Divisional Playoff Round.
As the top analyst on FOX’s college football coverage, Davis was on the call for three consecutive BCS National Championship games between 2007-09, also covering the 2008 Sugar Bowl and 2009 Orange Bowl. Perhaps Davis’s most memorable college football broadcast experience with FOX came as he was in the booth for underdog Boise State’s thrilling, come-from-behind victory over perennial powerhouse Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, in which the Broncos executed the “Statue of Liberty” play for the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime.
A member of the FOX Sports family since 2006, Davis’s signature broadcast style combines detailed preparation with an easy-to-understand delivery, making him exceedingly popular among audiences across the country. Also possessing an extensive background in the game of golf, Davis was served as an on-course reporter during FOX Sports’ inaugural coverage of the U.S. Open Championship in 2015.
Prior to joining FOX, Davis worked five seasons as the lead analyst for TBS’s college football game coverage of the Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences. During that time, he also worked as a game analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Arena Football League from 2003-06. Davis has covered the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for CBS, the NBA playoffs for TNT and both BIG EAST and Conference USA basketball for ESPN Plus’ regional coverage.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tennessee and also completed his master’s in history while at the school. A four-year starter as a defensive back for the University of Tennessee from 1983-86, Davis appeared in 39 games and posted 234 tackles (146 solo), 13 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. Following his career at Tennessee, he signed as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys and participated in the club’s 1987 training camp.
After retiring from football, Davis performed a variety of different roles during the 1990s. He served as an assistant athletic director at Stanford University, director of the United States Olympic Training Center and also became the first African-American tournament director in PGA Tour history when he ran the Disney Golf Classic from 1998-2000. Aside from his duties as a game analyst for FOX, he stays connected to the sport year-round, intensifying his study of players who are eligible for the annual NFL Draft at the conclusion of each college football season. With a regular place on the NFL Network’s draft lead-up programming, Davis has gained notoriety and positive reviews for his depth of familiarity with prospects across all ranges of the draft. Each year he staffs the Senior Bowls and NFL Combines, and has also been a part of NFLN’s live draft weekend coverage since 2007. Since 2016, Davis has been the game analyst voice for EA Sports’ Madden beginning with “Madden NFL 17.”
Charles Franklin Davis was born in Elizabethton, Tenn. Married to wife Lisa, the couple have two children, a daughter, Taylor, and a son, Parker. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family and reading, naming the political and historical genres as his favorites.