Davis on the sidelines in November, 2009.
No. 85 San Francisco 49ers
|Date of birth:January 31, 1984|
|Place of birth: Washington, D.C.|
|High school: Washington (DC) Dunbar|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Debuted in 2006 for the San Francisco 49ers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Vernon Leonard Davis (born January 31, 1984) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round (6th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the 49ers. Upon entering the league, Davis signed to a five-year, $23 million deal that made him the highest paid tight end at the time. After three mediocre, injury-riddled seasons Davis finally broke out in 2009, co-leading the NFL in touchdown receptions. In the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs, Davis caught the game winning touchdown pass from Alex Smith against the New Orleans Saints, now referred to as "The Grab," or "The Catch III," in regards to "The Catch" by Dwight Clark in 1982 and "The Catch II" by Terrell Owens in 1999. Davis is considered one of the top tight ends in the NFL.
Early life 
Davis attended Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track & field. Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Davis was listed as the No. 4 tight end prospect of the class of 2003. In track & field, he was the DCIAA champion in the high jump with a jump of 6 ft 5 in (196 cm). While attending at Dunbar, he was teammates with future Cleveland Browns kick return specialist and wide receiver, Joshua Cribbs.
High School football 
Davis played tight end and safety but he also played wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker and defensive end. In his senior season he caught 21 passes for 511 yards and 5 touchdowns, despite missing three games with a deep bone bruise below his knee. He also caught three two point conversions and returned two kick offs and two punts for touchdowns. He had 35 receptions for 385 yards as a junior.
Football Awards 
- Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
- Rated as the third-best tight end in the nation by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming
- A member of SuperPrep's Elite 50 and that publication's 39th-rated player nationally
- A Mid-Atlantic all-region pick by SuperPrep and the third-best player (at any position) in the region
- Second team All-USA by USA Today
- Ranked as the fourth-best tight end in the nation and the seventh-best player (overall) in the Atlantic East by Rivals.com
- Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia
College career 
Davis enrolled in the University of Maryland, where he majored in studio art and played for the Maryland Terrapins football team. In 2003, Davis saw the most consistent action of any true freshman, playing in all thirteen contests. He had five receptions for 87 yards (11.8 avg) and led the kickoff coverage unit with eight solo tackles.
In 2004, he played in every game, starting at quarterback against Northern Illinois, Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He finished second on the team with 900 catches for 10,000 yards and had 16.3 avg and three touchdowns.
In 2005, Davis was a Consensus All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection. He was a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. He started every game, leading the team with 51 receptions and the conference with 871 receiving yards (17.1 avg). His six touchdown catches rank tenth on the school's season-record list. His 51 receptions also rank tenth on the Terps’ annual record chart while his 871 yards rank fifth. He was graded 82.5% for blocking consistency as he registered 67 knockdowns, including 18 blocks down field and had eight touchdown-resulting blocks.
Davis was heavily involved with working out in college. He set school strength records (in spring of 2005) for a tight end in the curl category (465 pounds), power snatch (355 pounds), index finger lift(797 pounds) and front squat (685 pounds). He finished his college career with 1371 yards on 83 receptions for 16.5 yards per catch, the best average of any first round tight end ever and more yards than other previous high first round tight ends such as Tony Gonzalez, Jeremy Shockey, Kyle Brady and Kellen Winslow II.
Professional career 
2006 NFL Draft 
Davis was selected 6th overall in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He joined Kellen Winslow Jr. as the fourth highest tight end ever drafted after Ron Kramer, (Green Bay, No. 4 in 1957) Mike Ditka (Chicago, No. 5 in 1961) and Riley Odoms (Denver, No. 5 in 1972). He was the top tight end prospect in the NFL Draft, partially due to a strong performance at the scouting combine. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds. Davis also broad-jumped 10'08", nearly a foot farther than the next-best tight end, Marcedes Lewis. Leading up to the draft, Vernon, along with fellow prospects A. J. Hawk and Jeremy Bloom, appeared in ads for Under Armour's new line of football cleats, with the slogan Click Clack (I think you hear us coming).
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 3⅛ in||250 lb||4.38 s||4.17 s||7.00 s||42 in||10 ft 8 in||33 reps||20|
|All values from NFL Combine|
San Francisco 49ers 
2006 rookie season 
Vernon's first reception in the NFL was a 31-yard touchdown catch, against the Arizona Cardinals on September 10, 2006. He added a career-long 52-yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on December 10 with a short catch followed by a long run. Davis played in ten games in the 2006 season due an injury he suffered on September 24, 2006. He sustained a hairline fracture to his left fibula, on a non-contact play against the Philadelphia Eagles, but returned on November 19 against the Seattle Seahawks. For the season, he had 265 yards receiving on 20 catches, averaging 13.2 yards per reception. He also had three receiving touchdowns.
2007 season 
In Week 3, Davis was injured while attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Alex Smith against the Steelers. Davis sprained his right knee and missed the next two games. Despite his injury and the 49ers' offensive ineptitude, Davis bettered most of the numbers from his rookie season. Even though his yards per reception diminished, he finished the season with 52 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns.
2008 season 
During October, after catching a seven-yard pass in the third quarter, Davis slapped Seahawks safety Brian Russell in the facemask, resulting in a 15-yard penalty, causing Coach Mike Singletary to bench him and then send him to the locker room for the game's remainder. After the game, Mike Singletary then spoke his famous "I want winners" rant. This resulted in Vernon Davis changing his attitude from himself, to the team. The following game Vernon Davis leaped over a Cardinal defender and caught a pass from Shaun Hill resulting in a touchdown, his first of the season. He started all 16 regular season games, and finished the season with 31 receptions for 358 yards, and two touchdowns.
2009 season 
Through week 11 of the season, Davis led the NFL with nine touchdown receptions, tied with wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss. In the final game of the season, he tied the all-time record for most touchdown receptions for a tight end in a single season (13), sharing the record set by Antonio Gates in 2004; that record stood until 2011, when it was broken by Rob Gronkowski. He was also selected to appear in his first Pro Bowl.
2010 season 
Before the season, he was awarded a five-year contract extension for 37 million with $23 million guaranteed. The deal made Davis the league's highest paid tight end. Against the Oakland Raiders in week six, he recorded his third straight game with a touchdown catch. Davis finished the season with 56 catches and 914 yards, resulting in 16.3 yards per catch.
2011 season 
Davis had 67 receptions for 792 yards with 6 touchdowns that year, helping the 49ers win the NFC West and make the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season. In the playoffs in the divisional round against the New Orleans Saints, he had seven receptions for 180 yards, breaking Kellen Winslow's record (166) for most yards by a tight end in a playoff game. He scored two touchdowns, and on the game-winning drive, he had a critical 47-yard reception that put the 49ers in a position to tie the game. With nine seconds remaining, Davis caught the game winning touchdown pass from Alex Smith, now referred to as "The Grab," or "The Catch III." Davis caught three passes for 112 yards and another two touchdown against the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game, but the 49ers lost 20–17 in overtime.
2012 season 
During the 2012 season, Davis caught 41 passes for 548 yards and 5 touchdowns. The 49ers would eventually enter the NFC Championship for the second straight season to face off against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite trailing 0-17, the 49ers won the NFC Championship game against the Falcons 28-24, allowing the 49ers to enter the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||41||548||13.4||53||5||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||67||792||11.8||44||6||2||-5||-2.5||-2||-||3||1|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||56||914||16.3||66T||7||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||78||965||12.4||73T||13||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||31||358||11.5||57||2||1||11||11.0||11||-||2||1|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||52||509||9.8||31||4||-||-||-||-||-||1||1|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||10||8||20||265||13.3||52T||3||2||5||2.5||9||-||1||1|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||2||2||10||292||29.2||73||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
Davis was a studio art major at Maryland.
Davis is nicknamed Duke because he looks identical to his father, whose name is Duke. College teammates later changed his nickname to "The Duke," and "Cyborg", a nickname earned playing for the Maryland Terrapins.
Davis' brother, Michael Davis, was arrested in the Petworth area of Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 27, 2012 for two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed. Michael is suspected of three similar attacks for which there is an investigation but no charge.
Davis is an avid curling fan and player. He hosted an event for his charity in San Jose, CA in which the event was curling. Davis was named honorary captain of the Men's U.S. Olympic Curling team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He attended most of the team's matches and is considered an ambassador for the game.
In late 2010, Davis founded Modern Class Design (MCD) with business partner Antone Barnes. Modern Class Design is a full-service fine arts and interior design company that offers comprehensive design services for homes and commercial spaces including interiors and landscape architecture. Vernon Davis also owns a chain of Jamba Juice Franchises.
In December 2012, Davis opened Gallery 85 on Santana Row in San Jose, Ca., an art gallery for new and emerging artists giving them access to high end exposure.
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- Hoffman, Ben (January 17, 2012). "Davis’s Performance Recalls Winslow’s ‘Epic’ Day". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012.
- "Giants stun 49ers with OT FG to set up Super rematch with Patriots". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012.
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Mike Ditka 1961, (12)
|Record for NFL Tight End Receiving Touchdowns in a Single Season (Tied with Antonio Gates)
Rob Gronkowski 2011, (17)