Vernon Davis’ winter adventure

February, 17, 2014
Feb 17
2:10
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San Francisco 49ers’ star tight end Vernon Davis is keeping busy early in the offseason.

Davis is in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics, pursuing his passion for the sport of curling, which he picked up early in his NFL career. Davis is the unofficial team captain for the United States team. Davis explained his love of the obscure sport in a feature on ESPN.com.

"They're always like, 'Vernon, what are you doing? What are you doing with curling? You serious about that sport?’” Davis said of his friends’ reaction to his love of curling. "And I'm like, 'Yeah, I'm serious. Why wouldn't I be?' This is who I am. Everyone has something interesting about them and the way they operate. This is me."

Davis is keeping a high profile while in Sochi. He did an interview on NBC with Al Michaels and in a light moment, said he may try to make the United States’ 2018 curling team. Don’t fret, 49ers fans, Davis should still be very much interested in keeping his day job in four years.

Davis also appeared on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike and he was asked about a much more serious topic -- the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal. Davis stood up for guard Richie Incognito, who has been at the center of the case. Incognito has been talking much heat, but Davis supported him.

“Richie Incognito is a great guy," Davis said on the radio show. "I know him really well. When I heard about it, I didn’t think he would do anything to harm Jonathan Martin."

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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