Was Born Vernon Davis on January 31, 1984 in Washington, D.C. Vernon's nickname “The Duke” originated from a name he inherited from his father who was called “Duke.” Originally nicknamed “Little Duke.” At Maryland, media added “The” and dropped “Little.”
He Made his first $10,000 donation to Newborn Pentecostal in honor of his grandmother, Adaline, who raised Vernon and his six siblings. Pledged to make the donation annually to help the church refurbish and expand its building. He majored in Art Studio at Maryland.
Brings an instant play-making threat to 49ers offense with his tremendous size, strength, speed and after-catch abilities…Also plays an instrumental role in the ground game with his superb blocking ability. Head coach, Mike Singletary, claimed that Vernon was the best blocking tight end he had ever seen, in this article…Recorded career-highs in receptions (52), receiving yards (509) and touchdown catches (4) in 2007, ranking second on the team in each category despite missing two games due to injury…Finished rookie campaign with 20 catches for 265 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games played…Scored on his first NFL touch in the season-opener at Arizona (9-10)…Sixth overall choice in the 2006 NFL Draft was Maryland’s highest pick since Randy White was selected as the second overall selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975…Was the 49ers' second player (QB Bernie Faloney) taken in the first round from the University of Maryland.