Talking to Greg Davis on the telephone, it’s immediately clear that he should be speaking into a microphone. Some people are just born that way.
“People have said before that I should be on the radio,” Davis said with a chuckle. “Maybe I’m a sucker for flapping my gums.”
Davis will become the Ravens’ new public address announcer, beginning with Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Davis replaces Bruce Cunningham, who stepped down after holding the job for the past two decades.
Davis was born in Baltimore, less than a mile away from M&T Bank Stadium. He went to Annapolis High School (he jokes that the school has one other celebrity in Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick) and still lives there.
Davis was a Colts fan who refused to root for another team until the Ravens came to town and he fell back in love. He’s been going to a few games at M&T Bank Stadium each year, and now will have a front-row seat for all of them.
“It’s very much an honor just to be a tiny, tiny part of such a storied organization,” Davis said.
“I know that many, many stadiums have a great crowd. Being a part of M&T Bank Stadium, few things can compare. Going into the way back machine and seeing No. 52 come out of the tunnel and seeing the electric charge go through the fans. And I think that No. 8 [Lamar Jackson] will cause that same kind of energy. It’s a very exciting time.”
Davis has been the PA announcer at Navy since 2000, calling all home games for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and more. He’s announced for the Military Bowl since 2013 and handled events for the University of Maryland – College Park. He’s been an announcer for WNAV 1430/99.9 out of Annapolis since 1999, and will still have a role at the station.
When he’s announcing at games, Davis thinks of himself as a fan with a microphone. He has to keep it professional and tasteful, of course, but he wants to feel and express the emotion of the game.
“I am just the backdrop to what is happening on the field. That’s really where the action is. I’m sort of like the window dressing,” Davis said.
“I am an extension of the fans in the seats in that I am able to articulate a lot of the emotion and passion. It gives them that voice to kind of realize their excitement and energy. And that feeds my energy.”
Two games that stand out from Davis’ career are when Navy upset Notre Dame in New Jersey in 2010, and when Navy played Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland in 2012. Now he’s looking to have a lot more stand out games with the Ravens, but he knows he has big shoes to fill.
“I have the utmost respect for Bruce Cunningham,” Davis said. “He has set the bar and it is my challenge and my goal to come in and really carry the torch. He’s done such a fantastic job. I hope I can live up to his legacy."