Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis (born January 31, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Maryland. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. Upon entering the league, Davis signed a five-year, US$23 million deal that made him the highest paid tight end at the time. In 2009, Davis co-led the NFL in touchdown receptions.

In the 2011–12 NFL playoffs with the 49ers, Davis caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Alex Smith against the New Orleans Saints, referred to by fans and the media as "The Catch III". In 2015, Davis was traded to the Denver Broncos, where he won Super Bowl 50 with the team over the Carolina Panthers. The following season, he signed with the Washington Redskins.

Vernon Davis
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Davis with the Washington Redskins in 2016
No. 85 – Washington Redskins
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born:January 31, 1984 (age 35)
Washington, D.C.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Dunbar (Washington, D.C.)
College:Maryland
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2018
Receptions:573
Receiving yards:7,439
Receiving touchdowns:62
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Davis attended Truesdell Elementary in Washington, D.C, and later attended Paul Public Charter School for middle school.[1] However, Paul did not have a football team, and thus, Davis played for neighboring MacFarland Middle School. He would go on to attend Dunbar High School in Washington.[2] He was a letterman in football, basketball, and track & field. Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Davis was listed as the fourth-best tight end prospect of the class of 2003.[3] While attending at Dunbar, he was teammates with future New York Jets kick return specialist and wide receiver, Josh Cribbs.[4]

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 6 ft 6 in (198 cm). He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m (43.68s) relay squad.

High school career

Davis played tight end and safety, but he also played wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker, and defensive end for Dunbar High School. In his senior season, he caught 21 passes for 511 yards and five 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. As a junior, he had 35 receptions for 385 yards.

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[5]
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Vernon Davis
TE
Washington , District of Columbia Dunbar 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.4 Jul 8, 2003 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (TE)   Rivals: 4 (TE)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2003 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

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Davis returns a kickoff during a 2005 game against the Clemson Tigers

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 H-back against Northern Illinois, Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He finished second on the team with 27 catches for 441 yards and had 16.3 avg and three touchdowns.[6]

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).[7][8] His six touchdown catches rank tenth on the school's season-record list. His 51 receptions also rank tenth on Maryland's 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 bench press (460 pounds), power-clean (380 pounds), index (824 pounds) and squat (685 pounds).[9] He finished his college career with 1,371 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.

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2003 Maryland 13 5 59 11.8 28 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2004 Maryland 11 27 441 16.3 46 3 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
2005 Maryland 11 51 871 17.1 73 6 1 7 7.0 7 0
Career 35 83 1,371 16.5 73 9 2 5 2.5 7 0

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 14 in
(1.91 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
32 18 in
(0.82 m)
8 34 in
(0.22 m)
4.38 s 1.52 s 2.59 s 4.17 s 7.00 s 42 in
(1.07 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
33 reps 20[10]
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

2006 NFL Draft

Davis was selected sixth overall in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.[13] He joined Kellen Winslow Jr. as the fourth highest tight end ever drafted after Ron Kramer, (Green Bay, fourth overall in 1957) Mike Ditka (Chicago, fifth overall in 1961), and Riley Odoms (Denver, fifth overall in 1972). He was the top tight end prospect in the 2006 NFL Draft, partially due to a strong performance at the scouting combine.[14] 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.

2006 season: Rookie year

Vernon's first reception in the NFL was a 31-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Alex Smith, against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 on September 10, 2006.[15] 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 his rookie season, Davis had 265 yards receiving on 20 catches, averaging 13.2 yards per reception. He also had three receiving touchdowns.[16]

2007 season

In Week 3 of the 2007 season, Davis was injured while attempting to catch a pass from Smith against the Pittsburgh 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 2007 season with 52 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns.[17]

2008 season

During October 2008, after catching a seven-yard pass in the third quarter against the Seahawks, Davis slapped Seahawks safety Brian Russell in the facemask, resulting in a 15-yard penalty, causing head coach Mike Singletary to bench him and then send him to the locker room for the game's remainder. After the game, Singletary then spoke his famous "I want winners" rant. This resulted in Davis changing his attitude from himself, to the team. The following game against the Cardinals, Davis leaped over a Cardinal defender and caught a pass from quarterback Shaun Hill resulting in a touchdown, his first of the season.[18] He started all 16 regular season games, and finished the season with 31 receptions for 358 yards and two touchdowns.[19]

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Davis (left) with wide receiver Michael Crabtree in 2009

2009 season

Through Week 11 of the 2009 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 with 13,[20] sharing the record set by Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers in 2004; that record stood until 2011, when it was broken by Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. He was also selected to appear in his first Pro Bowl.[21]

2010 season

Vernon Davis in 49ers Uniform
Davis in 2010

Before the 2010 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.[22] Against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6, he recorded his third straight game with a touchdown. Davis finished the season with 56 catches and 914 yards, resulting in 16.3 yards per catch.[23]

2011 season

Davis had 67 receptions for 792 yards with six touchdowns during the 2011 season, helping the 49ers win the NFC West division and make the postseason for the first time since 2002. 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.[24] 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 "Vernon Post".[25] Davis caught three passes for 112 yards and another two touchdowns against the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game, but the 49ers lost 20–17 in overtime.[26]

2012 season

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Davis with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012

During the 2012 season, Davis caught 41 passes for 548 yards and 5 touchdowns.[27] The 49ers would eventually enter the NFC Championship for the second straight season to face off against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Despite trailing 17-0, the 49ers won the NFC Championship game against the Falcons by a score of 28–24, allowing the 49ers to enter the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. In Super Bowl XLVII, Davis had 6 catches for 104 yards in the narrow 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.[28]

2013 season

Davis began the 2013 season much like the 2012 playoffs ended: as a trusted and reliable target for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, catching his first touchdown pass of the season in the first quarter of the first game, at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 against the Green Bay Packers. He added two touchdown receptions in the 2013 NFC Playoffs, one coming against the Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card Round victory, and another in a Divisional Round victory against the Carolina Panthers.[29][30]

2014 season

During the 2014 season, Davis only caught 26 passes for 245 yards, and two touchdowns (both in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys).[31] He was dealing with ankle and back issues, which hindered him most of the time during the season.

Denver Broncos

On November 2, 2015, Davis and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick were traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Denver Broncos for sixth-round picks in 2016 and 2017.[32][33] His first game as a member of the Broncos was against his brother Vontae and the Indianapolis Colts. With Brock Osweiler as the starting quarterback, he had four receptions for 69 yards in a 17–15 win over the Chicago Bears. He then added a combined four receptions for 35 yards in wins against the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers. Davis had a season-high seven catches for 74 yards in a 15–12 loss to the Oakland Raiders. On February 7, 2016, Davis won his first Super Bowl championship after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10 in Super Bowl 50.[34] Despite ending the Super Bowl with no receptions,[35] Davis made a key block downfield during a crucial 34-yard run by teammate C. J. Anderson, the longest rush of the game.[36][37]

Washington Redskins

Vernon Davis Redskins
Vernon Davis in a game against the Oakland Raiders

On March 31, 2016, Davis signed a one-year contract with his hometown Washington Redskins.[38][39] In a Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Davis caught his first touchdown pass in over two years, helping the Redskins win their fourth straight game of the season.[40] Davis had started the game in replacement of an injured Jordan Reed and finished with two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The following week, he earned his third start in a row and finished with six receptions for 79 receiving yards in a 17–20 loss to the Detroit Lions. On October 30, 2016, Davis caught five passes for 93 yards in a 27–27 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals. During a Week 9 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, he caught three passes for 66 yards and caught a 38-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Kirk Cousins during the Redskins' 26–20 victory.[41]

On March 8, 2017, Davis signed a three-year contract extension with the Redskins.[42] Overall, in the 2017 season, Davis finished with 43 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns.[43] He recorded his first touchdown reception of the 2018 season in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers.[44]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2006 SF 10 8 20 265 13.3 52T 3 2 5 2.5 9 0 1 1
2007 SF 14 14 52 509 9.8 31 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2008 SF 16 16 31 358 11.5 57 2 1 11 11.0 11 0 2 1
2009 SF 16 16 78 965 12.4 73T 13 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 SF 16 16 56 914 16.3 66T 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2011 SF 16 16 67 792 11.8 44 6 2 −5 −2.5 −2 0 3 1
2012 SF 16 16 41 548 13.4 53 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 SF 15 15 52 850 16.3 64T 13 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2014 SF 14 14 26 245 9.4 29T 2 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0
2015 SF 6 5 18 194 10.8 43 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
DEN 9 4 20 201 10.1 23 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2016 WAS 16 14 44 583 13.3 44 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 WAS 16 16 43 648 15.1 69 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 2
2018 WAS 14 8 25 367 14.7 53 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 194 178 573 7,439 13.0 73 62 6 15 2.5 11 0 10 7

Postseason

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2011 SF 2 2 10 292 29.2 73 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2012 SF 3 3 12 254 21.2 44 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 SF 3 3 5 54 10.8 28 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 DEN 3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 11 9 27 600 22.2 73 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

[45]

Personal life

Davis has three children and a fiancée named Kayla.

Vernon Davis in SW Asia 2010-03-03
Davis visiting American military members in Southwest Asia in March 2010

Davis is nicknamed Duke because he looks very similar 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's brother, Vontae Davis, is a retired cornerback who was most recently a member of the Buffalo Bills.

Davis's 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.[46]

Davis made a cameo appearance in the music video for the song "Get Lo" by Ron Artest and Mike Jones.

Davis made an appearance on Pretty Wild, and Whose Line is it Anyway? in 2015.[1]

Davis is an avid curling fan. He hosted an event for his charity in San Jose, California 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.[47]

Ahead of the 2010 game against the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium in London, Davis announced that he is a fan of the English premiership team West Ham United.

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. Davis also owns a chain of Jamba Juice franchises.

In December 2012, Davis opened Gallery 85 on Santana Row in San Jose, California. Gallery 85 is an art gallery for new and emerging artists giving them access to high-end exposure.[48]

Davis is serious about his fitness. "During the offseason," he said in an interview, "I lift for endurance. I'll start with 205 pounds and rep it out, then go up to 225 and rep it out, and 245 and rep it out. Then I'll come back down—245 and rep it out, 225 and rep it out, and so on. I also do explosive drills with trainers I've been working with for years. What really works is doing resistance work, with another guy behind me holding a rope tied around my waist. During the season, I lift heavy. I might go up to 435 pounds. I love the bench, it's always been one of my favorite lifts for strengthening my core."[49]

Stock offering

In October 2013, it was reported that Davis would be offering stock in his future earnings via a venture with Fantex as part of a new financial instrument being sold by Fantex. Davis planned to offer a 10% share of all future earnings from his brand marketing company to Fantex, which would then turn around and divide it into shares of a tracking stock that can be traded within their own exchange.[50] In January 2014, the stock offering was confirmed. The proposed offering was 421,100 shares, valued at $10 per share, for a total proposed valuation worth $4.2 million.[51]

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2005 Maryland Terrapins football team

The 2005 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland in the 2005 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Terrapins' 53rd season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and its first within the framework of the ACC Atlantic Division. Ralph Friedgen led the team for his fifth season as head coach.

2006 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2006 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 57th season in the National Football League and their 61st overall. It began with the team trying to improve on their 4–12 record in 2005. Despite having improved from their previous two disastrous seasons, they missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year, continuing their playoff drought. The 49ers celebrated their 60th anniversary during the 2006 season, because, although it was their 61st season, the 2006 calendar year marked the 60th anniversary of the franchise's founding in 1946.

2007 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2007 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 62nd season, and 58th in the National Football League. They ended their season with a disappointing record of 5–11 in 2007, failing to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2006. The 49ers offense struggled all season long as offensive coordinator Jim Hostler was subject to much scrutiny and criticism regarding his playcalling and starting quarterback Alex Smith injured his shoulder early in the season.

2008 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2008 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 63rd season, and 59th in the National Football League. Although they failed to reach the playoffs for the straight 6th year, the team improved on their disappointing 5–11 record from the 2007 season, and ended the season on a high note.

It was the final season that the 49ers wore their dark red uniforms.

2009 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2009 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 64th season, 60th in the National Football League, and the first full year with Mike Singletary as head coach after being named interim head coach in 2008. It is the seventh year in which the 49ers have their seventh offensive coordinator. They were looking to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2008 with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft,The 49ers started the 2009 season hot by winning three of the first four games. Their only loss in that span was against the Minnesota Vikings on a last-second, 32-yard touchdown from QB Brett Favre to WR Greg Lewis. With that, and a week-5 blowout loss against the Atlanta Falcons, the team got a bad omen for the remainder of the year. The 49ers' defense, led by linebacker Patrick Willis, kept the 49ers in games, while their offense was inconsistent. Most of the blame was due to their weak offensive line, namely, the injury of left tackle Joe Staley in a week 7 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The 49ers won a week 12 home game over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20–3. The win helped keep the 49ers' season alive. Going into week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers were heavily favored to win the game; however, critical mistakes in the game cost them the win and gave the team a huge blow of any chances of making the playoffs. The following week on Monday Night Football, the 49ers played the Arizona Cardinals, who were trying to clinch the NFC West. The 49ers' defense came out and exploded on the Cardinals top-ranked offense, causing them to turn over the ball 7 times. This was the first time San Francisco caused 7 or more turnovers in a game since forcing eight against the New Orleans Saints on September 14, 1997. The 49ers won the game 24–9, keeping their very slim playoff hopes alive. The next week they were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles. The loss officially wiped out the 49ers from playoff contention.

Despite being benched for 5 and a half games, Alex Smith came in and threw for a career-best 2,350 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Frank Gore rushed for 1,120 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was awarded his second Pro Bowl appearance. Tight end Vernon Davis turned his career around by leading the team with 965 yards and 13 touchdowns – which tied the single-season record for most touchdowns by a tight end. Rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who held out the first four games of the season, was able to put up solid numbers, with 625 receiving yards, 48 receptions, and 2 touchdowns. On defense, Patrick Willis, for the second time in his first three seasons in the league, led the NFL with 152 tackles and helped the 49ers become one of the best defensive units in the NFL. He was awarded his third straight Pro Bowl appearance.

The 49ers defense would finish the season in the top of the league in multiple categories. They finished fourth in the league in scoring defense, surrendering just 17.6 points per game. They also finished fifth in the league in forced turnovers with 33, tied for first in the league with 15 fumble recoveries and sixth in rushing defense

2010 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2010 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 65th season, their 61st in the National Football League, and the second full year with Mike Singletary as the head coach. The 49ers were looking to build upon their 8–8 season in 2009.

The 49ers were expected by many to win the NFC West for the first time since 2002. However, the 49ers began the season with a disastrous 0–5 start and would end up with a losing record of 6–10 as their postseason jinx continued. The 49ers originally retained Jimmy Raye as the offensive coordinator, marking the first time since Greg Knapp in 2003 that the 49ers had the same offensive coordinator for more than one season. However, after starting the season with three straight losses, the 49ers fired Raye and promoted Quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson to offensive coordinator. Ultimately, head coach Singletary would himself be fired before the last game of the season.

2011–12 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2011 season began on January 7, 2012. The postseason tournament concluded with the New York Giants defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, 21–17, on February 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Detroit Lions and Houston Texans both made team history with their clinching of playoff spots. The Lions had not been to the playoffs since 1999 while the Texans, who entered the league in 2002, had never made the playoffs in their nine-season history. The Buffalo Bills, who were eliminated from playoff contention for the twelfth straight year then, were the only team that had not made the playoffs in the 21st century (and would not do so again until 2017). This team was tied with the Lions for the overall longest failure streak entering the season (the Bills had also not made the playoffs since qualifying as a wild card in 1999 where they were defeated by the Tennessee Titans).

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2012 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2012 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League, the 67th overall, the second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke, and their penultimate season at Candlestick Park. After going 13–3 and reaching the NFC Championship the year before, the 49ers topped that success with their first NFC championship since 1994 as well as their sixth overall as a franchise, overcoming a 17–0 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 28–24 on January 20, 2013 in the NFC title game. However, the season ended with their first-ever defeat in the Super Bowl, falling to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31. With that game, the Ravens replaced the 49ers as the only team with multiple appearances to never lose a Super Bowl.

This season was also highlighted by the signing of star wide receiver Randy Moss, whom had come out of retirement after initially retiring following the 2010 season. As a 49er, Moss appeared in his second Super Bowl but failed to win one again as he previously lost in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants when he was part of the 2007 New England Patriots, whom are the only team to win all regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule.

2013 All-Pro Team

The 2013 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP) the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and the Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2013 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2014 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro". The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 28, 2014. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2013 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2013 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League, the 68th overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke. This was the 49ers' final season playing their home games at Candlestick Park before moving into Levi's Stadium for the 2014 season.

The 49ers entered the season as the defending NFC champions, qualified for the playoffs as the fifth seed Wild Card, and hoped to win a sixth Super Bowl title, after falling just short during the previous season. The 49ers' defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-20 in the Wild Card round and the Carolina Panthers 23-10 in the Divisional round, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship by a score of 23-17.

The 2013 season is the last season to date in which the San Francisco 49ers qualified for the playoffs.

Blake Bell

Blake M. Bell (born August 7, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma, where he received the nickname Belldozer, a play on words with his last name and bulldozer due to his large frame and running style. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Fantex

Fantex Holdings, Inc. is a U.S.-based financial services and brand development company headquartered in San Francisco, California which provides an investment service allowing investors to trade securities tied to the cash flows of professional athletes and their brand contracts with Fantex. Since their first Initial Public Offering of shares linked to future earnings of San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis in October 2013, Fantex has continued to initiate brand contracts and list more athletes on their exchange. The Fantex asset class has been compared to investments similar to the celebrity bonds offered by professional entertainers, including the 1997 offering by David Bowie.Fantex is a holding company with two primary businesses:

Fantex, Inc. – a securities issuer that files registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fantex Brokerage Services, LLC – an online brokerage firm and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member.

Garrett Celek

Garrett Bartholomew Celek (born May 29, 1988) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State. Celek signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012. He is the brother of former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek

Jamar Davis

Jamar Davis, also known as "The Pharmacist", is an American streetball player from Mount Vernon, New York. He is best known for his appearances on the AND1 Mixtape Tour, which aired on ESPN. On the streets of Mt. Vernon, Davis honed his streetball talents, primarily at his home court, 4th Street Park. In 2001, while playing in Rucker Park in New York City for Team Ruff Riders, he received his streetball name "The Pharmacist" from Hannibal (the Rucker MC) because his dribbling skills seemed "morphine based."In a 2003 contest, Davis, playing on the East Coast Team against the AND1 team, proved himself a very useful point guard, with his array of passing and dribbling skills. He was invited back to play AND1 again in 2004 in the New York game, where he memorably pulled Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion's jersey off his back, while keeping control of the ball. That move landed him an invitation to play in the 2004 International AND1 Mixtape Tour in November. He later earned an AND1 contract.

Davis has also played in the 2003–04 Pro League in Engelwood, New Jersey as part of Team Uptown, where he averaged over twenty points and eight assists. In 2005, Davis defended streetball's growing reputation, as some critics said that it was "hurting" the proper game of basketball. Davis said:

"It’s not teaching kids bad habits, because you’ll see that most of us that’s doing tricks like that, where kids will go to the court and do it and get called on, we don’t do that. We do what kids can do in a regular game that don’t get called on. We’re not carrying the ball; we’re not walking; we’re not double-dribbling; we just playing. Our hands is fast like that when you think we doing something that’s wrong."

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The team currently plays its home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.

The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 when the leagues merged. The 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco. The name "49ers" comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush. The team is legally and corporately registered as the San Francisco Forty Niners. The team began play at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco before moving across town to Candlestick Park in 1970 and then to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014.

The 49ers won five Super Bowl championships between 1981 and 1994, led by Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, and coach Bill Walsh. They have been division champions 19 times between 1970 and 2019, making them one of the most successful teams in NFL history. The 49ers have been in the league playoffs 50 times: 49 times in the NFL and one time in the AAFC.

The team has set numerous notable NFL records, including most consecutive road games won (18), most consecutive seasons leading league scoring (1992–95), most consecutive games scored (1979–2004), most field goals in a season (44), fewest turn-overs in a season (10), and most touchdowns in a Super Bowl. According to Forbes Magazine, the team is the 4th most-valuable team in the NFL, valued at $3 billion in July 2016. In 2016, the 49ers were ranked the 10th most valuable sports team in the world, behind basketball's Los Angeles Lakers and above soccer's Bayern Munich.

Ted Robinson (sportscaster)

Theodore "Ted" Robinson (born July 19, 1957 in Queens, New York) is an American sportscaster. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco 49ers from 2009 until 2018. Since 2000, Robinson has been with NBC as tennis play-by-play, Olympics, swimming/diving announcer and NBC Sports Network for college football/basketball. He also works for the Tennis Channel and the Pac-12 Network.

Tight end

The tight end (TE) is a position in American football, arena football, and formerly Canadian football, on the offense. The tight end is often seen as a hybrid position with the characteristics and roles of both an offensive lineman and a wide receiver. Like offensive linemen, they are usually lined up on the offensive line and are large enough to be effective blockers. On the other hand, unlike offensive linemen, they are eligible receivers adept enough to warrant a defense's attention when running pass patterns.

Because of the hybrid nature of the position, the tight end's role in any given offense depends on the tactical preferences and philosophy of the head coach. In some systems, the tight end will merely act as a sixth offensive lineman, rarely going out for passes. Other systems use the tight end primarily as a receiver, frequently taking advantage of the tight end's size to create mismatches in the defensive secondary. Many coaches will often have one tight end who specializes in blocking in running situations while using a tight end with better pass-catching skills in obvious passing situations.

Offensive formations may have as few as zero or as many as three tight ends at one time.

Vance McDonald

Vance Coman McDonald (born June 13, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rice.

Vernon M. Davis

Vernon Mansfield Davis (January 29, 1855 – April 17, 1931) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

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