This is the week the " Notre Dame Killer" comes to life.
Anthony Davis, on a late fall Saturday 38 years ago, led USC to a rout over the Fighting Irish with six touchdowns. Two years later, after the Irish took a 24-0 lead late in the first half, he ran for four more touchdowns in what became known as "The Comeback."
Davis is 58 now, but his achievements are never far from his thoughts.
"Obviously, I'm someone of interest . . . I'm a name," says Davis, who now works as a part-time security guard and lives in his mother's Sylmar apartment. "I played at the greatest time in the school's history вЂ” the [John] McKay era and five national-title teams [two in football, three in baseball]. For me to be the focal point of that and be the greatest player in the USC-Notre Dame rivalry . . . I'm proud of that."
A.D., as he likes to be called, sees himself as a brand, even though the glory days of being Heisman Trophy runner-up are long ago.
And by repeatedly trading on that college fame, one of the greatest tailbacks in NCAA history has been engulfed by debts, controversy and conflict in recent years.
--Davis' autobiography, released late last year, is out of print and hard to find while the man who financed the project has stopped speaking to him.
--Davis still is more than $9,000 in debt to a jeweler who, at Davis' request, crafted blinged-out replicas of the five championship rings.
--Davis took a $4,000 car loan from a devoted USC booster and was given more money to pay for "A.D." lithographs and pillows that were a bust on the memorabilia market. He still owes the booster more than $7,000.
"There's a natural tendency among Trojans to overestimate who we are," says Marvin Cobb, Davis' longtime friend and former teammate. "It comes with the swagger, the legacy, the tradition you try to live up to.
"You can get carried away sometimes."
In the spotlight
There is no question Davis was an elite athlete. Recruited from San Fernando High School, he led USC in rushing, scoring and kick return yardage for three consecutive seasons and helped the Trojans win two national championships вЂ” in 1972 and 1974. A speedy outfielder and switch-hitter, Davis also was a key member of USC's championship baseball teams in '72, '73 and '74.
With so many titles, Davis says, he could have been a two-sport standout in the pros and is frustrated he wasn't, the way Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were more than a decade later.
"I could've done all those things," Davis says. "Wow!"
Although Davis fell short of his goal to graduate вЂ” he majored in communications, he says вЂ” that didn't dim his ambition.
He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 1975 baseball draft and by the New York Jets in the second round of the NFL draft. The Jets, with quarterback Joe Namath, would have given Davis a grand stage.
But the Jets balked at his contract demands and Davis spurned the Twins вЂ” "I didn't think they could pay me enough," he says.
Instead, he signed a five-year, $1.7-million deal with the Southern California Sun of the World Football League. The deal reportedly included a $200,000 cash bonus and a Rolls-Royce.
But the WFL soon folded and he jumped to the NFL. But his numbers were grim: one touchdown in 15 games for three teams in 1977 and '78.
For Davis, what-might-have-beens are part of the practiced script.
The Heisman race his senior year is a case in point. The voting deadline was Dec. 3, though many of the ballots were already in before the No. 5 Irish came to the Coliseum to play the No. 6 Trojans in 1974. In the end, Davis made the cover of Sports Illustrated but in the balloting was a distant second to Ohio State's Archie Griffin.
"If they had waited a week, everything would've been different," Davis says. "I think about it. Archie Griffin's a guy who gets high praise. . . . He's wanted around Ohio State. It resonated for him."
Former teammate Allen Carter says there is good reason Davis is the way he is.
"He always told me you've got to fight for what you get," Carter says. "He'd tell certain teammates, 'Things were handed to you, I had to go get mine.' That made him hard. He's felt he's had to fight for every inch."
Before the 1972 game against the Irish, Davis had said, "They're big and strong, but if I can get outside вЂ” get into the open вЂ” I think I can go all the way a few times."
Says Cobb: "I always appreciated his confidence in his high level of ability. The rest of us were afraid to talk about ourselves like that. He was like the Muhammad Ali of college football."
Through the years, Davis pushed his brand.
"A.D. was a phenomenon who did 'SC and a lot of people there well, and the university pulled on him after he left to recruit and smile to alumni," Carter says. "A lot of that tugged on him, keeping him back at that level. That didn't help."
In the 1980s, Davis found success in real estate вЂ” an area in which he remains active. There were also occasional acting jobs.
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Anthony Davis was a college football All-American in 1974, and led the USC Trojans in rushing, scoring and kick return yardage for three consecutive seasons. He is long remembered for scoring 11 touchdowns in three games against Notre Dame. In a 45-23 USC win on December 2, 1972, he scored six touchdowns which set a school single game record. Two of those scores came on kickoff returns. He returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown after Notre Dame won the coin toss and chose to kick. Later in the game after Notre Dame scored on a short pass and narrowed the Trojans' lead, he returned the following kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. In this game, Davis had three kickoff returns for a total of 218 yards giving him an average of 72.7 yards per return. This set an NCAA record for the highest average gain per return in a single game. In his career as a Trojan he returned 37 kickoffs for 1,299 yards, an NCAA record 35.1 yard average. His six career kickoff returns for touchdowns set an NCAA record which stood until 2009, when it was broken by C.J. Spiller of Clemson University . Davis' kickoff return average of 42.5 yards in 1974, is the highest kickoff return average for any single season leader ever. He was also the first Pacific-8 Conference player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons – 1,191 in 1972; 1,112 in 1973 and 1,469 in 1974. For his career at USC he carried the ball 784 times for 3,772 yards and 44 touchdowns. In his senior year (1974) he was a unanimous Consensus All-American selection. Davis was also a two time (1973–1974) first team All Pac-8 Conference selection. He was also the third multiple recipient of the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy, awarded each year to the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. Davis won the Voit trophy in 1972 and 1974.
On November 30, 1974, he started an amazing rally which brought the USC Trojans back from a 24-0 second quarter deficit against #4 ranked Notre Dame to a 55-24 win. Just before halftime he scored on a 7 yard lateral pass from quarterback Pat Haden. Davis found paydirt a second time on a 102-yard kickoff return to open the second half. With only 3:25 elapsed in the third quarter Davis scored a third touchdown on a 6 yard run. Then with still 8:37 left in the same quarter, Davis added his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 4 yard dash, dropped to his knees, went into his "endzone dance", then added a two-point conversion and the Trojans had the lead 27-24. Incredibly, Davis had scored 26 of the Trojans' first 27 points.
In 1974, Heisman Trophy ballots were due prior to the end of the season and before that year's USC-Notre Dame game. Anthony finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Archie Griffin. From that day forward, Heisman voting would take place after all the regular season games had been played. From 1972-1974, with Davis as the tailback the Trojans compiled a 31-3-2 record, three conference titles, two Rose Bowl victories in three appearances and two national championships. Upon the completion of his career, he accumulated 24 school, conference and NCAA records, including over 5,400 all-purpose yards and 52 touchdowns.
Anthony Davis' talents weren't just limited to football, he was also successful in baseball. He was an outfielder and switch-hitter on USC’s 1972, 1973 and 1974 College World Series champion baseball teams.  Playing with wood bats at the time, Davis hit .273 with 6 home runs, 45 RBIs and 13 stolen bases for the Trojan’s 1974 National Championship Baseball team.
During his Trojan career, Davis won three National Championships – two in football, three in baseball.  As a two-sport standout, Davis holds the distinction of being the only player in school history to start for a National Champion Football team (1972) and a National Champion Baseball team (1974). He did not finish his degree at USC. 
The Notre Dame vs. USC game on November 27, 2004 was titled the "Anthony Davis Day," in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the record-breaking game.
He also was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine three times, including one foldout.
Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 6, 2005 in New York City. He was enshrined on August 12, 2006 in South Bend, Indiana.Professional career Edit
The Minnesota Twins selected him in the fourth round of the 1975 January amateur entry draft (83rd overall pick); however he rejected them, thinking they would be unable to meet his salary demands. World Football League Edit
After graduation Davis was drafted by the New York Jets of the National Football League in the 2nd round of the 1975 draft. At the time, the Jets had quarterback Joe Namath and offered a major stage, but the team's management were not willing to give in to his contract demands.  Thus in 1975 Davis opted to play for the Southern California Sun of the upstart World Football League (WFL); he signed a five-year, $1.7-million deal that reportedly included a $200,000 cash bonus and a Rolls-Royce.  He led the WFL in rushing with 1,200 yards on 239 carries and 16 touchdowns at the time of its demise. He also caught 40 passes for 381 yards and one TD, while on kickoff returns he ran back 9 for 235 yards and one TD. In all, he scored 18 TDs in the WFL for 133 points. His 16 touchdowns for rushing over 12 games is a WFL record. He also threw the ball and completed 4 of 11 attempts for 102 yards and one TD. The league folded and Davis moved on.Canadian Football League Edit
Davis headed to the Canadian Football League in 1976, and became the league's first "million dollar man." His time with the Toronto Argonauts was not happy. His star ego clashed with CFL legend and Argo coach Russ Jackson's idea of a team player. He ended up rushing 104 times for 417 yards and catching 37 passes for 408 yards. He scored 4 TDs.
During the final game of the 1976 regular season, in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (in Hamilton, Ontario) Argo quarterback Matthew Reed, desperate to find an open receiver threw an incomplete pass to Davis. When Reed returned to the bench, assistant coach Joe Moss told him never to throw the ball to Davis again. Davis was called the most expensive passing decoy in the history of the league.National Football League Edit
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Davis in the 1976 expansion draft, with his old USC coach John McKay hoping to turn some new magic. Alas, Davis' NFL career would be a disappointment. In 11 games for the Bucs, Davis would rush 95 times for 297 yards (3.1 yard average) and catch 8 passes and score one touchdown. He would play 2 games for the Houston Oilers in 1978, and 2 games in 1979 for the Los Angeles Rams, rushing 3 times for 7 yards.United States Football League Edit
In 1983, four years after he last played, he has a short stint with the Los Angeles Express of the USFL, rushing 12 times for 32 yards.After football Edit
Following his football career, Davis found initial success as a real estate developer in the 1980s and early 1990s, while also occasionally acting in minor film and television roles.  However, as the economy tightened he began to have financial troubles, accumulating more than $33,000 in state liens and civil judgments between 1997 and 2006 as real estate projects faltered. 
In 1998, two members of the Irvine City Council asked him to help pitch the idea of bringing an NFL team to the area. His participation led a local businessman provide $55,000 in seed money to the effort.
After being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Davis sold the blazer and ring he received to a memorabilia collector. He described the ring as looking "like it'd come out of a bubble gum machine." He'd previously sold his baseball championship rings. 
The Anthony Davis Foundation raised more than $40,000 from fundraising dinners in 2006 and 2007; the bulk of that money was given to scholarship programs at USC and the university's Black Alumni Association. However, in 2008, Davis told a reporter that his $10 autograph signing fee went to the Foundation, something that was not entirely correlated by the foundations administration; the incident led to the foundation was put on indefinite hold. 
Davis strives to develop himself into a brand via his association as a college football great. Davis can regularly be heard as a commentator on Fox Sports Radio.
Davis had a decade-long relationship with Vera LeBlanc. They split in 2009.
Robert Scheer sits down with famed USC and pro football player Anthony Davis and USC dean Jeremy Rosenberg to discuss how brain trauma from years of playing football forever changed Davis' life.
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USC legend Anthony Davis co-wrote Kick-Off Concussion: How the Notre Dame Killer Recovered His Brain” with USC dean Jeremy Rosenberg in 2014, chronicling Davis' discovery of his brain's trauma after his football career ended and the later rehabilitation he received to help his cognitive function. Davis tells Robert Scheer about when he realized that the various cognitive issues he was having needed to be dealt with. They discuss whether there can be such a thing as a completely "safe" sport. And finally, Davis tells Scheer the plan he hopes the NFL implements in the future to monitor players brain trauma and keep them safe.
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Anthony Davis, the two-time (1973-74) all-conference first teamer still ranks third on USC’s career rushing chart with 3,724 yards (breaking OJ’s record). He set an NCAA record with 6 scoring kickoff returns in his career (including 3 in 1974) and would average 36.6 yards per kick off return on the season making him the greatest kick return in NCAA history.
His performance against Notre Dame in 72 &74 remain as two of the greatest individual performances in Trojan football and NCAA history. Nobody, before or since, has ever dominated a team like that!!
In addition to Anthony’s great football stats he was also part of winning two national titles for USC in baseball making him the only “All American” to be on 4 national title teams in NCAA history (2 in baseball & 2 in football). He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated three times and was very instrumental in promoting the Nike Corporation being the first collegiate and pro athlete to wear the shoe and the first ever to wear the shoe on the cover of Sports Illustrated which were hand painted by Nelson Farris of Nike. Anthony Davis is still associated Nike today.
*1974 unanimous All- American…1972-73-74
*Member of USC’s 1972 & 1974 National Championship teams
*Played in 1973-74-75 Rose Bowls
*Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1974
* Won 1973 & 1974 Voit Trophy
* Won 1974 Pop Warner Award
* 2-time All Conference First Team (1973-74)
* Is third on USC’s career rushing list with 3,724 yards
* 17 100 yard rushing games in his career * Averaged 36.6 yards per kickoff return, 6 went for touchdowns * Scored 11 touchdowns versus Notre Dame including 6 in 1972 & 4 in 1974 * Inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 * Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 2005
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