April 12, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Daniel Fells, who won All-Great West Football Conference honors for UC Davis in 2004 and 2005, returned to campus as head football coach Ron Gould's guest speaker at Friday's practice. Fells played his sixth season in the NFL and his first as a member of the New England Patriots last fall.
Originally from Fullerton Union High School, Fells redshirted his freshman season and missed the entirety of 2002 before returning to action for a solid although often injury-plagued career. He caught 59 passes for 964 yards in his career, earning the team's T. Palmer Moody Award as the outstanding sophomore in 2003.
In speaking to the current Aggies, Fells emphasized the importance of making good decisions, both on and off the field. Although an excellent student in high school, the former Aggie team captain recalled some poor decisions that hampered him academically early on. He dropped out of UC Davis and attended a nearby community college to help him in his return to UC Davis.
Fells cited his experiences at UC Davis under then head coach Bob Biggs setting him on the right track. Although he suffered two major injuries as a collegian, including one in the team's historic upset at Stanford in his senior year, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. Fells later played three years with St. Louis -- totaling career highs of 41 receptions and 391 yards in his final season with the Rams -- before joining Denver during the "Tebow-mania" season of 2011.
Fells signed with New England last season, joining what was arguably the best tight end corps in the NFL. He played 13 games with four starts on a team that boasts Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
Friday marked the second straight weekend that Coach Gould has brought in a guest speaker to address his players. Former Cal standouts Jahvid Best and Eric Stevens paid a visit at the end of the April 6 workout.
For a gallery of images from Fells' visit: Photo Gallery