October 28, 2008
Yesterday, Vernon Davis was what's wrong with football. He was the overpaid athlete who didn't care about winning and put himself before the team. At least, that's the storyline that was being replayed in the press following the tirade of San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary. But, Davis himself has weighed in on the incident on his Yardbarker blog. And, color me impressed:
I spoke to Coach Singletary today. We talked briefly. I didn't really say much to him, I pretty much just listened to what he had to say. I saw the point he was trying to make as far as on the field. He pretty much told me I've got to be aware of what's going on, on the field. If someone says something to me, I can't let it bother me. I have got to be bigger than that. I agree. I shouldn't have retaliated after the guy said what he said. I should have just moved on and tried to be the bigger man.
This sounds sincere. The fact that Davis said he didn't say much, but listened instead seems like a sign that he wants to grow. The fact that Davis doesn't seem resentful of the way his coach called him out is another positive sign. Later on in the blog post, Davis commends his coach and predicts success for him. Read the whole thing.
Talk is cheap, as they say. But, just like with Larry Johnson last week, at least Davis is talking. And at least he's saying the right things. Not many other NFL players would have had the moxie to admit they were wrong and to detail how they were going to change. And all that happened because Mike Singletary went nuts.
The verdict was out on Monday as to whether the Singletary rant worked. For today, I think the answer is a resounding 'yes'.
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