Vernon Davis wishes he had thanked Mike Singletary for kicking him off the field

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis wishes he could go back and thank former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary for kicking him off the field a few years ago.

“I remember the very first time he kicked me off the field,” Davis said. “Tears were shed. I told him, ‘I want to be traded Coach. He said, ‘OK. I’ll find another team for you.’ That moment, it started to click for me.

“It made me a better man, a better teammate and a better leader for my team. It helped me become the player I am today.”

Davis wishes he had thanked his former coach.

“I never really had an opportunity to tell him how much it meant to me,” Davis said. “By the time I looked up, he was gone. That fast. I am very grateful.”

There’s doubt that after Singletary kicked Davis off of the football field, he started to blossom into one of the best tight ends in the NFL.