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.