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Vernon Davis ready for his homecoming

Vernon Davis said he's confident he can make an impact in the Super Bowl despite not having a reception this postseason. "I always see myself having big games," he said. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This used to be Vernon Davis' playground.

In a kinda, sorta way that makes Madonna’s early-1990’s hit ring in your ears.

But if there’s no crying in baseball, what about football?

Davis, the former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end who became an afterthought in Santa Clara enough to be traded mid-season to the Denver Broncos, was not shedding any tears at his lot.

Rather, Davis, who turned 32 on Sunday, was being realistic while trying to keep a positive spin on things.

“It’s been tough,” Davis said on the floor of the SAP Center Monday during Super Bowl week’s opening night media festivities. “It’s been tough. But I know who I am and what I stand for and what I can bring to the team.”

With the Niners this season, Davis, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2006 draft, caught 18 passes on 30 targets for 194 yards in six games, five starts (his last TD catch came in the 2014 season opener).

In nine games with the Broncos, four starts, he had 20 catches on 28 targets for 201 yards. He played just 11 snaps combined in Denver’s playoff victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots and did not have a catch while being targeted once.

Again, this used to be Davis’ playground, the postseason, where he had 27 receptions for 700 yards and five TD catches for the 49ers, including the clutch game winner against the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 playoffs.

“I always see myself having big games,” he said.

And Levi’s Stadium, obviously, was Davis’ home … even if he never caught a TD pass there.

“I’ll continue to do everything I’ve been doing,” he said. “Getting out there early, catching extra passes, running extra sprints.

“When you have adversity of obstacle for moment, it always gets good again. Always.”