His Denver Broncos teammates are on the ultimate trip, but Vernon Davis is back home.
“I get a chance to sleep in my own bed,” said Davis, who was traded by the 49ers to the Broncos on Nov. 2. “I get a chance to go to Whole Foods, get to eat groceries.”
During Super Bowl media day Monday, the tight end said he hopes to use the Levi’s Stadium locker he had as a 49er. The Broncos are the home team for the Super Bowl, meaning they will use the 49ers’ locker room.
But there’s one thing Davis is not accustomed to: being lightly used in the playoffs.
He signals; he audibles out of plays. He’s unique. He’s different. I’ve never been around a quarterback like Peyton Manning before.
Broncos tight end Vernon Davis
Davis made the biggest catch for the 49ers in the last decade – the winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFC divisional playoffs. But in Denver’s two playoff games, he has no catches, playing only 11 snaps and being targeted once.
He attributed the drought to his adjustment to a dramatically different offense and difficulty finding a rhythm with quarterback Peyton Manning. When Davis joined the Broncos, Manning was injured and didn’t regain his starting role until the start of the postseason.
“He signals; he audibles out of plays,” Davis said of Manning. “He’s unique. He’s different. I’ve never been around a quarterback like Peyton Manning before.”
Davis is one of the few Broncos who have been to a Super Bowl, and he said he has been peppered with questions from teammates about the experience, including the perils of media day.
Former 49er Chris Culliver became a major news story in the run-up to the Super Bowl three years ago when, during media day, he said a gay player would not be welcome in the 49ers’ locker room.
Davis’ message to the Broncos: Watch what you say.
“Just take your time, think about the question before you react on it,” he said. “Because it could cost you.”
Davis said he was allowed to stay at his Santa Clara home Monday night but afterward had to bunk with his teammates at the Santa Clara Marriott. But even that is somewhat of a homecoming. Since 2003, the 49ers have stayed at the same hotel during training camp.
“When I got there, everybody came up to me (and said), ‘Vernon, it’s good to see you again,’ ” Davis said.
7,000 Tickets sold for Monday night’s media day, which was a sellout at SAP Center
Night moves – Media day has become such a big event that it’s now billed as “Super Bowl Opening Night” and isn’t even held in the daytime.
Monday’s nearly three-hour session at SAP Center began at 5:15 p.m. – prime time on the East Coast – which allowed the league to air it on its own network and add a sponsor. Gatorade “fueled” the event.
The league also sold all 7,000 tickets – face value, $30 – after just 4,000 attended last year’s daytime event in Phoenix. As of Monday afternoon, tickets were being sold on StubHub from $55 to $179.
Bus crash – One of the Broncos’ team buses rammed into another as the team was returning from Monday’s practice at Stanford. The crash happened on southbound Highway 101 in Sunnyvale.
Davis said the players were shaken, but no one got hurt.
“The cellphone fell out of my hand,” he said. “That’s about it.”
Linebacker Todd Davis, who played at Sacramento State, said he wasn’t sure exactly what happened because he also was on his phone.
“I just happened to look up in time and we were headed full speed into the back of another bus,” he said. “It was pretty crazy.”
Todd Davis said the Broncos were delayed 10 or 15 minutes on their return to their hotel.
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