By Kevin Bowen
Vontae Davis remembers the wake up calls vividly.
They came at an hour he wasn’t expecting and older brother Vernon wasn’t about to take “no” for an answer. Vernon didn’t have to bring Vontae, his younger brother by four-and-a-half years, along for those early morning workouts.
The older brother was trying to build a foundation in Vontae to realize the talent he had been blessed with and what could be the fruits of his labor if he joined Vernon before the sun rose.
“I did that because based on the community, the environment that we grew up in, I wanted him to make it,” Vernon said in 2013 of why he brought Vontae along. “I wanted him to be successful.
“In order for him to be successful, I knew as a kid that I had to work extremely hard to get to where I wanted to go. It was up to me, to motivate, to push him, to drag him out whenever I went out to try and persuade him and influence him to put in that hard work.”
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