SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vernon Davis is back in the Bay Area following a whirlwind, three-night visit to the Sochi Olympics early last week as USA Curling's honorary captain, and the 49ers tight end is now ready to resume his regular offseason football training regimen.
That will likely begin next week, as Davis is still recuperating from the travel while spending some quality time with his family. He is thrilled he took the trip given the Olympians he met and the opportunity to support a sport that gets a big boost from an NFL superstar — despite another disappointing finish for both the U.S. men's and women's curling teams.
"That was a long trip, whew. It was well worth it, I had a great time over there," Davis said by phone Tuesday. "It was a lot of fun, I met a lot of people. People were happy to have me there and it was a wonderful time, I must say. Any time I have an opportunity to help bring some awareness to something, to be a part of something, and especially if it's different, curling is different, it brings me joy being able to say I'm part of that."
The 30-year-old Davis, who had 52 catches last season and matched his career high with 13 touchdowns, typically takes about a month off following the season before he starts training again full time. He works out on his own, taking a break from team headquarters, and finds hills in the area for sprints.
"I usually wait about a month and go slow pace," he said. "I do my own thing, hit the weights, run, do a lot of track-oriented workouts. It has helped me in the past, it works for me."