Sunday Q&A: Artist, football player and curling captain Vernon Davis

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis is entering his 13th year in the NFL. Last week, he was in town as part of The Abstract Athlete art exhibition at the Bon Secours Training Facility.

You just got back from the Olympics with the curling team. How did you become a curling fan?

Back when I was in San Francisco as a 49er, a writer came up to me and asked if I wanted to take part in the sport in San Jose. I went out and I guess the U.S. curling team heard about it and wanted me to come on and be an honorary captain.

If you could pick one NFL player to be a partner who would it be?

Alex Smith because he’s really strategic. You can tell by his career what he’s done on the field with how much adversity he’s gone through and how resilient he’s been. It all takes strategy to get out there and be the best you can be.

What was your reaction to hearing the Redskins traded for Smith?

It touched me in a way because I think back on my career when I first started and they brought me into San Francisco to play with Alex and now he’s here with me at the end of my career and it’s pretty awesome.

The Alex Smith we see now is a totally different player — his mindset, the way he approaches the game, the way he plays the game. He’s just really poised. He’s doing such a tremendous job and is definitely one of the elites when it comes to the quarterback position. It’s amazing to see how his career has evolved the way it has. It’s truly special to have him here.


Read the rest of the interview here.