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Vernon Davis Shares Candlestick Park Memories

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Vernon Davis is the subject of our 49ers Gameday Magazine for Sunday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

He can hurdle defenders in the open field, reach out and grab game-winning passes in postseason contests and can do anything else needed from a tight end. He’ll do it all with a smile on his face, too.

Vernon Davis is leaps and bounds above the rest when it comes to playing his position and he’s passionate about being among the best to ever play professional football. The 49ers tight end is a standout athlete, a team leader and he’s also the only member of the current team to be named in the Top 10 Moments of Candlestick Park presented by SAP.

“The Vernon Post,” Davis’ game-winning touchdown catch over the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFC Divisional Playoffs landed as the No. 2 greatest moment according to a vote by the 49ers Faithful. Davis recognized the play as a great achievement by his teammates and was proud to add a “game-winner” to his outstanding career in a 49ers uniform.

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Gameday recently caught up with the 49ers tight end, now with 50 career touchdowns under his belt, to discuss his lasting memories of “The ‘Stick,” as well as his thoughts on his favorite football coach and this year’s team.

How would you describe your relationship with the 49ers Faithful?
The 49ers Faithful are amazing. Great people. They’re all about the team. They’re all about the organization. Anytime you can have a fan base like that, you can’t replace it. I just take my hat off to the 49ers Faithful. Without them there wouldn’t be any 49ers.

What does the term “Faithful” mean to you?
Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. That’s in Hebrews 11:1 if you go back and look at the bible. It’s everything. When you’re being faithful to something, you’re all about it. It doesn’t matter what comes your way, it cannot break you up. You will not remove yourself from that certain thing because you’re so into it, it doesn’t matter. You’re all about that one thing.

How would you define this year’s 49ers team?
This is the best team I’ve ever been on in my life. When I look at this team, I see a group of individuals who want to succeed. They want it all. That’s a great thing to have. We don’t have two or three leaders; we have 15 to 20 leaders. That’s how you win games. It’s how you bring a team together, a great team. When I walk in that locker room, I get so excited. I know I’m not the only leader on this team. With that, everyone can be at ease because there’s nothing to worry about. If a rookie or someone is getting out of hand or slacking, I know I’m not the only one who is going to say something. Someone is going to back me.

What makes Coach Harbaugh so unique?
“Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind!” Those are the words of Coach Harbaugh. I remember those words. That’s the type of guy he is. He’s the type of guy where he lights up a room. Whenever he walks into a room, he lights it up. He’s energetic. He’s funny. He’s just one of those coaches you dream of having. For me, it’s something I don’t take for granted. I’m excited. I want to be here for the rest of my life. I don’t want to go anywhere. If I can play up until I’m 75-80 years old, I’d do it, but unfortunately I can’t. I gotta go on and do something else, but while I’m here now I’m going to enjoy each and every day.

What do you like most about the 49ers offense?
It’s one of the best offenses I’ve ever been in my life. It’s a tough offense, because the learning is extreme. There’s a lot to learn. It’s not a cookie-cutter offense. It’s really difficult. But once you learn it and you own it, it’s one of the most fun things you can be a part of. It’s definitely a great offense.

What’s your favorite memory of Candlestick Park?
The game we played New Orleans, the one every calls “The Vernon Post,” that was something to remember. We were behind and all my life I wanted to be one of those guys to get the game-winner. If I had to say one game though, it would be (2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs) against Green Bay where I had one catch. That was a special game and a special year. Even though we didn’t win the Super Bowl, we still made it and that was something I always wanted to do.

What would be the perfect ending to Candlestick Park?
It’s a really sad moment for me. I know we’re doing a sit-down and it’s casual, but I’m sad. I’m an emotional guy. To be talking about Candlestick and its departure is sad for me. It’s a business and I understand life goes on. There will always be a lot of memories for me in that stadium. It’s where it all started for me. I remember my first time walking into the stadium and I remember looking around and wandering. All I could see was the past, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, making plays. So to leave Candlestick is definitely tough. But I want to say farewell Candlestick, I love you and I’ll miss you. You were everything to the past and everything to my teammates. Farewell.

Who is your favorite teammate to watch?
LaMichael James. I’m his biggest fan. When I see No. 23, I think of Michael Jordan, so I see a lot of potential in his future.

Which team do you like to play most?
Seattle Seahawks.

Why’s that?
There’s something about playing that team. They have a good team, a good coach. Everyone’s hyping it up. I always look forward to playing the best. I look at them as a great team, so why not play a great team?