Just a few hours prior to kickoff, Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was unsure if he was going to play in the team's season opener against the Eagles. The day prior, the 35-year-old tight end lost his grandfather.
But the 14-year veteran suited up for his teammates, and it didn't take long for the tight end to make an impact. On the Redskins first drive of the game, Davis caught a short pass from quarterback Case Keenum, hurdled Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, then outran the remaining Philadelphia defenders for a 48-yard touchdown. As he was trotting off the field, tears started to run down his eyes.
Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis was very impressed with Davis' ability to cope with emotions and still suit up for the Burgundy and Gold.
"Really impressive situation from Vernon Davis, you know, because most guys sit this game out," Portis said on Redskins Roundup. "Most guys can't go on the field and continue after such a devastating situation, especially with family."
"The realization of fame. Fans don't see the human side," Portis continued. "For Vernon to be able to pour out his emotions in this situation, still be out on the field making those type of plays. You give the guy so much respect."
Chris Cooley, who suited up for the Burgundy and Gold for nine seasons, echoed his former teammate's thoughts on Davis.
"One of the best teammates I've seen," Cooley said. "He's going to do that for his guys in the locker room and the guys he's playing with because he really cares about it."
After the game, Davis spoke with the Voice of the Redskins, Larry Michael, on his emotional weekend.
"The last 24 hours has been up and down with the emotions," Davis said. "Last night I only slept probably around three hours because I was tossing and turning thinking about my grandfather. Just super emotional."
Davis' touchdown was one of the most impressive plays of the tight end's lengthy NFL career. Asked if anything specific was going through his head during the play, Davis played it cool.
"I just wanted to make a play. I just wanted to contribute to help this team win," he said. "I know how bad the organization and my teammates want to win games. So whatever I can do on my part to help contribute, I'll do it. Whatever it takes."
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