Washington Redskins tight end and former Maryland star Vernon Davis announced his retirement Sunday in a video on Fox’s Super Bowl pregame show.
Davis, 36, appeared in a skit with former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison as part of Gronkowski’s retirement crew, the “Golden Gronks”.
“That’s right, I’m retired," said Davis, who suffered a concussion in Week 4 and was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season. He also missed the last two games of 2018 with a concussion.
“I look forward to the next favorite phase of my professional career, which will include opportunities in business and television,” Davis said in a statement Monday. “I will hold football in my heart forever, and I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had while playing this great game.
“The journey I’ve had has been nothing short of amazing. I have taken great pride in the many accolades I have received throughout my career; but most importantly, the relationships I’ve cultivated throughout this time have been an incredible experience for me and my family.”
Davis, who was drafted No. 6 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006 out of Maryland, ranks sixth in touchdowns (63) and ninth in receptions (583) for a tight end in NFL history. In 14 seasons with the 49ers, Denver Broncos and Redskins, Davis had 7,562 receiving yards. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos after being acquired in a midseason trade from the 49ers.
Davis, a Washington native who played at Dunbar High School in D.C., spent the past four seasons with the Redskins, catching 122 passes for 1,721 yards and eight touchdowns in 50 games.
An aspiring actor, Davis has appeared in TV series “The League” and “Inside Amy Schumer” and the 2017 movie “Baywatch” and will appear in a movie coming out this fall called “Hell on the Border," directed by Wes Miller, about the first black deputy marshal west of Mississippi.
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