Vernon Davis bounds into the locker room and grabs a bottle of water from the refrigerator. After more than 90 minutes on the practice field, the 33-year-old Washington Redskins tight end is peppy. He is a threat to break into song.
Davis is the oldest active player on a team that gets younger every year, but he could pass for 28 despite being among puppies. On Thursday, Coach Jay Gruden asked Davis what he had for lunch before declaring, “We all should get on Vernon Davis’s diet.” His teammates often request his secret, and Davis begins his sermon with a simple answer: “Just take care of your body, man.” Then he starts talking about amino acids, and their eyes roll.
He sips from the fountain of youth daily by exhibiting diligence about wellness, but his methods are so simple and meticulous — for a professional athlete, at least — that many overlook routine and consider it magic.
“The guy’s a freak,” Gruden said. “He’s the most impressive guy I’ve been around, really, as far as taking care of his body. And whatever he’s doing, he needs to tell all our young guys to do it because he’s amazing. Just out here today, he’s running around like a 20-year-old kid. His diet is top-notch. His workouts are on point, not to mention he prepares, and he’s always got a smile on his face. He’s just one of those guys you look forward to seeing every day, and then you watch him practice, and it’s always hard and effective.”
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