Leading the field

Former pro footballer Noor Davis enrolled in Loyola’s Weekend JD to become a more effective sports executive

Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Noor Davis knows how to multitask. At Stanford University, he earned BA and MA degrees in a little over four years while playing football. Now as associate director for sports administration for the Big Ten Conference, Davis is bringing his long-perfected time-management and organizational skills to his studies in Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Weekend JD program.

HIGH-PROFILE MENTOR: When Davis was a Stanford undergrad, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, by then in her role directing Stanford’s Hoover Institution, selected Davis as an assistant. Rice—who recently joined the Denver Broncos’ ownership group—became Davis’s academic advisor “and, like my parents, is a mentor to this day,” he says.

FONDEST FOOTBALL MEMORIES: Davis has stacked up accolades for his achievements on the field. Among his favorite moments: playing in three Rose Bowls and winning two, and receiving the Butkus Award naming him the nation’s best high-school linebacker. He comes by his talent naturally: his uncle, Andre Tippett, is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and his father, Christopher Davis, played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

LEADERSHIP ASPIRATIONS: After graduating from Stanford in 2017, Davis signed with the Minnesota Vikings but was waived a few months later. In 2019, he accepted a scouting and operations position with the Detroit Lions. “I’ve always dreamed of ultimately becoming a sports executive: a league commissioner or team president,” he says of his return to the sports world, this time on the business side. “I believe in servant leadership, and those roles are where you can have the biggest impact on your teams and the communities you serve.”


ROLES AT THE BIG TEN: In 2020, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren created the role of fellow especially for Davis. Promoted to associate director for sports administration in summer 2022, Davis now manages the administration of Big Ten championship events while also serving as a sports administrator for track and field, cross country, and men’s gymnastics. He always knew he’d eventually go to law school, an accreditation he believes will make him a more effective sports executive. “I’m planning to stay in the sports space,” he says, “and earning a JD will give me a holistic understanding of legal structures and parameters while making me more analytical in corporate decision-making.”

“Loyola’s Weekend JD has been a great fit. It’s a highly ranked program that allows me to use the weekends I’m not in the classroom to travel for Big Ten events.”

WEEKEND JD A PERFECT FIT:Loyola’s Weekend JD has been a great fit,” Davis says. “It’s a highly ranked program that allows me to use the weekends I’m not in the classroom to travel for Big Ten events.” He adds that he gets full support from administrators, faculty, and other students, “who, like me, are all balancing jobs and other commitments. I’ve met so many people doing cool things. I’d love to see where we all are in 20 to 30 years—I think we’ll be leaders in our respective spaces and be able to impact a lot of lives.”

REPRESENTATION MATTERS: “I’ve never seen anything like what I see at Loyola,” Davis says. “We have so many women, including Black women, in positions of leadership. It’s so important because representation matters. I don’t know if I’d aspire to be a sports commissioner if I hadn’t seen a commissioner who looks like me.” –Gail Mansfield (August 2022)

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