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‘It’s my identity’: Former BYU cornerback Michael Davis shares why his Mexican heritage is so important to him

Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller, right, is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) and outside linebacker Thomas Davis during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
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Former BYU cornerback Michael Davis is no stranger to Mexico — his mother, Ana Martinez, took him frequently to the place she grew up during his formative years.

“Being Mexican is important to me because it’s who I am,” Davis told ESPN for a feature segment. “I live it, I breathe it and it’s my identity.”

Davis returned to the place of his heritage on Monday night, as his Los Angeles Chargers faced the Kansas City Chiefs in the latest NFL game in Mexico.

The 24-17 Chiefs win was played at Estadio Azteca, the 87,000-capacity stadium in Mexico City that serves as the home of the Mexican national soccer team. Davis, a starter in the Los Angeles defensive backfield, had a solo tackle and a pass deflection in the loss.

ESPN shared the story of Davis and his mother prior to the game, and how important their Mexican heritage is to them. That included his first visit there to experience Christmas in the Mexican culture.

“Being together. That’s what I liked the most, to be together as a big family,” Davis told ESPN in Spanish.

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