Vernon Davis was born on January 31, 1984 in Washington, D.C. Vernon’s nickname “The Duke” originated from a name he inherited from his father who was called “Duke.” Originally nicknamed “Little Duke.” At Maryland, media added “The” and dropped “Little.” He majored in Art Studio from the University of Maryland. With the height 6 ft 3 in and weight 250 lb Davis is playing in the position of tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was born in Washington, D. C. on January 31, 1984. He was drafted in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the 49ers. Upon entering the league, Davis signed to a 5-year, $23 million deal that made him the highest paid tight end at the time. He joined current Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. as the fourth highest tight end ever drafted after Ron Kramer, (Green Bay, No. 4 in 1957) Mike Ditka (Chicago, No. 5 in 1961) and Riley Odoms (Denver, No. 5 in 1972). After three seasons Davis finally broke out in 2009, leading the NFL in touchdown receptions and quickly vaulting himself into the league’s elite at the tight end position.