Paul Tucker Davis "Tall Paul"  10/1/1993

Yes, Paul really is as large as he looks in the picture! At age 14, he was  6'5" and weighed  236 pounds. We figure it must be all the hormones in the chicken nuggets that he ate for almost every meal as a toddler.

Paul started playing T-ball at age 4 and soccer and basketball at age 5. After a few years, he dropped soccer to play fall baseball then later dropped fall baseball for football. We had a "one sport per season" rule, but the seasons seemed to overlap and, like his sister, Paul was always on a rec league and a travel team for basketball. He also always found  time for his favorite sport - video games.

The move to Jr High made life a little easier for Jim and I - at least then most practices were immediately after school and car pooling became less of a problem. In high school, Paul followed in his sister's footsteps with multiple injures and lots of rehab time. He dropped basketball in tenth grade to concentrate on football and was a starting offensive tackle on the football team for 3 years. He had knee and shoulder surgery after his junior football season but was able to play his entire senior season. The Spartans lost the quarter final game of the state championship in triple overtime but during the regular season beat cross-town rival, Hoover, for the first time in school history.
Paul had a great senior season! At 6'6" and almost 300lbs, he was recruited by many college programs. We had fun traveling to Stanford, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, Auburn, Brown and several other universities to see their football programs. Ultimately, after another knee surgery in January of 2012, Paul, on the advice of his orthopedic surgeon, decided not to play college football. He started his freshman year at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2012 and is studying engineering.

In addition to football, basketball and track, Paul loves to hunt, fish, ski, and play paintball. He is an excellent student and very responsible when asked to take care of the dogs when Jim and I go out of town.