A former first-round pick for the 49ers, Vernon Davis has blossomed into the model professional football player. He is productive, highly athletic, top-three at his position, a hybrid who has matured into a humble, motivated individual. As of 2011, it is now Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis who lead the pre-game chants together.
He is a captain and leader of the 49ers. He has the best chemistry with San Francisco's starting quarterback and is easily the most reliable pass-catching threat the Niners have. In Davis' first two playoff games ever in 2011, he recorded 10 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns.
He is also now the star of "The Catch III" after making an incredible game-winning reception against the visiting New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoff round.
Davis is the ultimate team player, which is a big reason he probably hasn't broken 1,000-yards receiving in a single season yet; he's asked to block a lot. With his great strength and explosion, Davis is arguably the best blocking tight end in football. But as a receiver, what he does often looks effortless.
In 2009, Davis set the record for touchdowns scored by a tight end in a season with 13. At the time, he broke future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates' record, but Davis' record was broken in 2011 by Rob Gronkowski.
Davis is now in his prime, and his best years look to be ahead of him. What he is able to accomplish from Season 1 to Season 2 in the same tight end-friendly offense with Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman could be special. This new regime could do wonders for the rest of his career as a San Francisco 49er.