1. Vernon Leonard Davis (born January 31, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
2. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.
3. Upon entering the league, Davis signed to a five-year, $23 million deal that made him the highest paid tight end at the time.
4. 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 Catch III,” in regards to “The Catch” by Dwight Clark in 1982, and “The Catch II” by Terrell Owens in 1999.
5. Davis attended Truesdell Elementary in Washington, D.C., where his teachers included Elizabeth Pauley.
6. Davis attended Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., for middle school.
7. He was seen playing for MacFarland in a DCIAA Middle School playoff game at Dunbar’s Field.
8. He would go on to attend Dunbar High School in Washington.
9. He was a letterman in football, basketball, and track and field.
10. Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Davis was listed as the No. 4 tight end prospect of the class of 2003. While attending at Dunbar, he was teammates with future New York Jets kick return specialist and wide receiver, Josh Cribbs.
11. In track & field, Davis recorded a personal best of 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters, and was the DCIAA champion in the high jump with a jump of 6ft 6in (198cm).
12. Davis played tight end and safety but he also played wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker and defensive end.
13. 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.
14. He also caught three two-point conversions and returned two kick offs and two punts for touchdowns.
15. Davis enrolled in the University of Maryland, where he majored in studio art and played for the Maryland Terrapins football team.
16. In 2003, Davis saw the most consistent action of any true freshman, playing in all thirteen contests.
17. He had five receptions for 87 yards (11.8 avg) and led the kickoff coverage unit with eight solo tackles.
18. In 2004, he played in every game, starting at H-back against Northern Illinois, Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
19. He finished second on the team with 27 catches for 441 yards and had 16.3 avg and three touchdowns.
20. In 2005, Davis was a Consensus All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection.
21. He was a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation s top tight end.
22. He started every game, leading the team with 51 receptions and the conference with 871 receiving yards (17.1 avg).
23. His six touchdown catches rank tenth on the school’s season-record list.
24. His 51 receptions also rank tenth on the Terps annual record chart while his 871 yards rank fifth.