Tight end Vernon Davis said it was surreal to come home and sign a contract with the Washington Redskins, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid living in Washington, D.C.. His return to the DMV has let him reflect on more of his upbringing, specifically, his school.
The Washington Redskins announced on Thursday, March 31, 2016, the signing of free agent tight end Vernon Davis. Here's a gallery of photos from his career.
Davis attended Truesdell Elementary, Paul Public Charter School and then eventually Dunbar High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. For National Teacher Appreciation Day, Davis recalled one high school teacher, Mrs. Woolfolk, as being instrumental in his success.
He also gave a lot of credit to his high school football coach, Craig Jefferies.
“He was just a big influence in my life, motivating, mentor, someone that would always push me, just having my best interest at heart.,” Davis said.
As for his time in the D.C. Public School system, Davis said his fondest memories were those with his peers.
“Just the kids, the students, the friends and the relationships that I was able to cultivate,” he said. “As far as growing up, I really appreciated that. It was just awesome.”
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall also showed his appreciation today on Twitter. With four kids, he knows how valuable teachers are and were during his own childhood to his time at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Va.