49ers tight end Vernon Davis is an honorary captain for the U.S. Olympic curling team. He also caught 13 TD passes in 2013, and he’s in top form entering his ninth NFL season.
In short, it’s quite possible the 30-year-old Davis could still have a strong professional football career going in, say, 2018, when the Winter Olympics next lands on the sporting calendar.
Nevertheless, the topic of a try at Olympic curling — in an albeit light-hearted discussion — came up when he was interviewed by Al Michaels on NBCSN on Monday morning in Sochi.
“Could you become proficient enough to compete in curling in the 2018 Winter Olympics?” Michaels asked Davis.
“Hey, the sky’s the limit,” Davis said, smiling. “Anything’s possible.”
Asked Michaels: “So you will actually try to perfect it a little bit and see if you can make the team? Is that possible?”
Michaels smiled a little and leaned back in his chair.
“You know what? I think I will,” Davis said with a smile. “I think I will.
“That’s interesting,” Michaels said, smiling.
“I enjoy it,” Davis said, smiling.
Later, Michaels asked if there was a lot of trash talking in curling.
“No, not really,” Davis said, laughing.
Davis added, smiling: “Probably in 2018, you might see a lot of trash talking.”
Michaels laughed, as did Davis.
Considering his rare athleticism, it would be fascinating to see Davis try his hand at an Olympic sport.
It would also be fascinating to see him continuing to play football at age 34, given what’s he accomplished thus far.