Vernon Davis: Redskins TE and Honorary Curling Captain
The USA Men’s curling team is competing for the gold medal on Saturday against Sweden for the first shot at an Olympic Medal since the 2006 Winter Games where the team took home the bronze. The sport has become quite popular among NFL players and fans: there have been curling touchdown celebrations, tweets from Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt of support and praise, and an honorary captain that doubles as an NFL Tight end.
Vernon Davis is a two-time pro bowler, a Super Bowl champion, and an avid curling fan. At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, he isn’t the stereotypical curler, but he loves the sport. His fandom began back in 2009, when a reporter dared him to give curling a try, and Davis has been hooked ever since.
After learning of their newest fan, the USA Curling team invited Davis to be an Honorary Captain during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver- a title that Davis has kept over the years. He flew to PyeongChang to follow the team in this year’s games and is continuing to show his support. and is documenting his trip for Yahoo. Davis has been partnering with Cheetos to help grow enthusiasm and awareness for the sport.
Vernon is hoping to spread the sport of curling to the Washington DC area and giving African-American students an opportunity to get involved with the sport. Davis believes that it will allow kids to be more constructive and allow them to find a platform they love.
Along with supporting the sport of curling, Vernon is a big supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces In 2017 he was presented with the Redskins Salute Award for his support of men and women in uniform. He has signed countless autographs and attended many military- exclusive events. “I just want to give a big thanks to the troops for all the sacrifices they make.” Davis said. “I don’t know what life would be like without them.”