Vernon Davis Prepares Release Of Tome 'Playing Bill'

Vernon Davis Prepares Release Of Tome ‘Playing Ball’

Vernon Davis Discusses Hard-Won Lessons That Paved His Path to Success in Upcoming Memoir

NEW YORK – Former NFL superstar Vernon Davis is set to publish a memoir documenting the life lessons from his journey to the Super Bowl and beyond.

Play Ball will delve into Davis’s astonishing career, from winning Super Bowl 50 in 2016 with the Denver Broncos to reinventing himself as an actor and producer. It will also recall the hard-won lessons – including that infamous press conference – that paved his path to success.

The announcement of the memoir, to be published on August 20 by Kensington Publishing Corp, comes on the heels of the star’s 40th birthday.

“Weaving personal reflections with frank, real-world advice, this book is more than a memoir. It’s an eye-opening exploration of what winning – on the field and beyond – really means,” said Davis. “In the book, I rewind the tape to reflect on my career and competitive spirit – and the insights about teamwork, leadership, and responsibility that came in the aftermath of Coach Singletary’s press conference, spurring me to transform my life for the better.”

Fittingly, Coach Singletary wrote the book’s introduction.

In October 2008, after a San Francisco 49ers loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Davis was put on blast by Coach Mike Singletary in a fiery speech criticizing his “me-myself-and-I attitude.” It proved to be the turning point in Davis’s career, and the inspiration for him to change his mindset, his playing, and his life.

At the time, Davis was a young, talented player who had been selected by the 49ers with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, one of the highest draft positions for a tight end in NFL history. He played his first 10 seasons with the team, which included a 2013 Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens in a 34-31 heartbreaker, where he recorded six catches for 104 yards.

In 2015, he was traded to the Denver Broncos, where he won Super Bowl 50 with Peyton Manning. Davis landed a crucial downfield block in the game and sprung teammate C.J. Anderson for a key 34-yard run that helped the Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

Davis played his final four NFL seasons with his hometown Washington Commanders, before retiring during a Super Bowl commercial in 2020.

Today, he’s deeply involved in his new passion: acting and producing feature films. In the past two years alone, Davis has filmed more than 40 projects with the likes of Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson, Thomas Mann, and Rosa Salazar, among others. Last summer, he played the bad guy alongside Morgan Freeman in The Ritual Killer. Most recently, he joined the cast of Destry Allyn Spielberg’s apocalyptic thriller Please Don’t Feed the Children co-starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery.

On the other side of the camera, Vernon has founded two production companies — Reel 85 and Between the Linez Productions.

Aside from making movies, Vernon has also found success in the recording studio. He recently dropped his debut rap album “Showtime” under the stage name Vern, in collaboration with fellow D.C. native and multi-platinum music producer Tone P.

The book will be available in hardcover ($28) and Kindle ($14.28), and can be pre-ordered online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booshshop.org, Hudson Bookseller, BAM, Target, and Walmart.

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