Redskins tight end Vernon Davis.

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From Petworth to College Park to Redskins... Vernon Davis Gets His Own Day

March 12, 2019

Vernon Davis is a Washington Redskins tight end. He grew up in Petworth and attended Dunbar High School before going to the University of Maryland. He’s got a Super Bowl ring from the Denver Broncos, too.

And now he has his own day as March 12 is now "Vernon Davis Day" in Washington D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser made the declaration Tuesday at a ceremony at Truesdell Education Campus in Northwest.

"We applaud our native son for his countless contributions on and off the field that have enriched the quality of life for residents and wish him continued success in all his endeavors,” Bowser said Tuesday.

“It’s great to know I have that many people behind me that support me and believe in everything that I do in the community and in my career,” Davis told The Washington Post. “When this time comes around next year, it’ll be like, ‘Wow, it’s Vernon Davis Day.’ This is actually my day. I’m very, very grateful and honored." 

The mayor also took the opportunity to once again advocate her preference for the Redskins' return to playing in the District.

"He knows one thing that I know - that there's only one true home for the Washington Redskins, right? In Washington." 

In 2018, Davis was named the Redskins' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Davis, who created the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts to promote art education and art appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, was nominated for his commitment to the community during the last three seasons with Washington.

“We are incredibly proud of Vernon and thankful for all that he has given back to his hometown,” Bowser said in a statement. “Vernon is a tremendous role model for our D.C. kids both on and off the field, encouraging them to work hard and dream big. In recognition of his generosity and commitment to service as a mentor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, I’m pleased to proclaim March 12 as ‘Vernon Davis Day’ in the District of Columbia.”

The chancellor of D.C. public schools Lewis D. Ferebee praised Davis for his work as a role model for students around the DMV.

“Vernon has been a tireless advocate for D.C. Public Schools, and role model for students at Truesdell Education Campus and across the District,” Ferebee said in a statement. “I speak for the entire DCPS community when I say thank you for your commitment to our students and I look forward to celebrating Vernon Davis Day for years to come.”