Here’s a link to my Friday column on Vernon Davis.
Great column. Thanks.
Vernon has always been a favorite of mine. It bothered me to hear from some of the 49er “fans” the last year and change who would talk so negatively about him, and not in a critical way, in a hateful, spiteful way, as if he came up to their first born and spit on the child and then threw a half dozen eggs onto the hood of their car during a 110 degree July afternoon. It made no sense.
I really believe that Vernon had been battling injuries of some sort the last year, no way you go from the production he had in week 1 vs Dallas last year to non-existent the rest of the season.
I hope for the best for him.
Just as Gore and Willis saw Davis a new way that day in Santa Clara, so, too, do I, right now. I never really liked the guy, not sure why, exactly, I just didn’t. Now I love him! The Nate Byham story almost brings a tear to my eye. Wow.
Great insight and a new light shed on Vernon Davis at least for me.
I also often wondered if there was something amiss. He went from all world it seemed to outcast. Had a great connection with Alex but never really got one with Kap. And then finally seemed to fall way out with last years staff. And while he has not been lighting up the stat sheet with Denver, this article would lead me to believe that is more a product of trying to learn on the fly a new system more than anything else. With his size and speed he could be devastating in a system with a QB who can deliver him the ball. Like one with say, I dunno, Brady, Big Ben, Eli, Luck, Cam or (gasp) Alex at the helm.
I heard him speak a bit on the radio this week. he sounded great. Like almost relieved. He definitely has some tread left on those tires and after reading this article I wish him the best.
Thanks for sharing those stories. They say much more about the man for sure.
Dave T mirrors my thoughts and I appreciate his comments. I knew about Davis’ paintings since they were shown on a TV segment about him. I also knew he was bright, thoughtful, and kind when interviewed.
When Davis was with the Niners I came to believe the disconnect with the quarterback was the reason for his decline (and he did decline). On occasion the TV coverage would show him open but the quarterback threw the ball elsewhere, apparently not seeing Davis. I thought the Niners had lost a solid weapon, and when he was traded to the Broncos I hoped he would find success. Maybe Sunday he will.
Lowell, this is one for your time capsule, wonderful illuminating work.
Nice insight into Vernon Davis. Great article.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.