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Davon House wouldn’t trade his time with Packers…

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Davon House wouldn’t trade his time with Packers...

Now a full-fledged starter and the oldest cornerback in the room, House felt a responsibility to uphold the standard Woodson and Williams had set. With that in mind, House made headlines in June 2017 when he hitched an overnight ride with Packers fans, Chad and Mike Johnson, in order to make it in time for OTA practice the following day.

After missing his connecting flight from Minneapolis to Green Bay due to weather, House tweeted out asking if any Packers fans in Minnesota cared to make the four-hour trek. The two brothers stepped up and got House to Green Bay by 4 a.m.

“There’s only a handful of teams where I would catch a ride and I’d feel very, very comfortable and Green Bay is for sure No. 1 on that list,” House said. “When I came to Green Bay, I didn’t really know what to expect besides playing professional football. Everyone has always said the fans are the greatest fans ever. Getting here, I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I see why.'”

House started all 12 games he played in for Green Bay in 2017, recording 44 tackles and an interception. He re-signed for one more season, reuniting briefly with a returning Williams, before a shoulder injury ended his season after only three games.

House made a full recovery and contemplated playing in 2019 until undergoing an emergency appendectomy in early July. The Houston Texans called House in for a workout less than a month later. While House ran well during the tryout, he wasn’t quite in football shape due to the surgery.

Once the regular season started, House mentally began to move on to the next phase of his life.

“I waited like another month and then decided,” House said. “I never wanted to be a guy working out every day for four months and no one calls. Now, I’m just staying in shape to be in shape, no more football stuff.”

As his football career wound down, House’s true calling began to crystalize. Right after House went on IR, his 4-year-old twin sons, Isaiah and Titus, were diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

The Houses were living in Hawaii at the time but an eight-month waiting list to begin therapy led to the family moving back home to Austin, Texas.

“I really wish I would’ve found out they had autism when I was playing … I would’ve been able to be more vocal about it,” House said. “It’s been blessing to really get them diagnosed. Now, I know what I need to work on with them instead of not knowing what’s going on.”

House enjoys getting his kids ready for school each day and performing his typical dad responsibilities. Lavon, who turns six in May, is now playing football, as well. Coincidentally, his youth team happens to be the Packers.

House remains eternally grateful to former general manager Ted Thompson, current GM Brian Gutekunst, vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball and former position coach Joe Whitt for everything they’ve done for him and his family.

“Looking at it now, I wouldn’t take it back,” House said. “I’m glad I was drafted by Green Bay and glad I was drafted in the fourth round. There have been a lot of good fourth-round picks … and I’m so blessed to be a part of that group.”


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