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Domanick Davis Changes Name to Domanick Williams

The Houston Texans running back formerly known as “Domanick Davis” has changed his name to “Domanick Williams.”

Domanick Davis appeared in Houston’s locker room Monday with a new haircut and a new attitude. But the biggest change is in his name. “I’m a new man,” he said. “That was Domanick Davis that y’all knew about. This is Domanick Williams that y’all looking at.”

The Texans’ franchise leading rusher, who spent this season on the injured reserve with a knee problem, has legally changed his last name from Davis to Williams, his mother’s maiden name. He said that Davis was the last name of the father of his older brother and he never felt right about having his name. “I had to do it and it was time. I didn’t want my kids to grow up carrying something else that I’m really not,” said Williams, the father of two young children. “I felt like it was the perfect time for me to do it. Come back fresh, come back new.”

He’s also dumping the No. 37 jersey he’s worn since arriving in Houston in 2003 to wear No. 31, which was his number throughout high school and college. “So I’m coming back as a new person altogether,” he said, sporting a short shaven haircut, after wearing braids for much of the last year. “It’s going to be crazy, but I had to make my move.”

Williams said he is feeling great and he can’t wait to get back on the field. “I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, but it’s close,” he said. “It’s on its way and it’s going real good. My knee is allowing me to lift heavy weight without swelling up and that was the biggest problem I had.”

The 26-year-old, who has 3,195 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns in three NFL seasons, said it has been difficult to sit out for so long. “I didn’t watch not one game and it’s not that I didn’t care, because I care,” he said. “But it was my way of dealing with it because it would hurt me in another kind of way. So I just focused on what I had to do to get myself back.”

“A new name, a new haircut, new clothes — let’s hope he has a new knee,” Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson joked upon hearing the news. While Robinson’s comments were in jest, the health of Williams is a big question mark for the Texans as they prepare for next season. Williams missed five games in 2005 before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery after his knee swelled and ached each time he played. He returned for training camp and declared himself healthy, but soon stopped practicing because of what coaches called a bone bruise in his knee.

It’s sad for a man who has had this much athletic and professional success to have arrived at the age of 26 without an identity. I hope he finds peace with himself as “Dominack Williams,” and that his knee allows him to make his mark in the NFL with that moniker.

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