Former Terrapins TE Vernon Davis announces his retirement from the NFL

Andy Kwong

The former Terrapin and most-recent Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis has announced his retirement from the NFL.

It was a very interesting way to break the news of his retirement. Rob Gronkowski brought his retirement crew with him to Miami, including James Harrison and surprisingly Davis, who said "That's right, I'm retired."

Davis was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, before his stint with the Broncos in 2015 and the Redskins the last four seasons of his career.

He was one of the fastest tight ends in NFL history as well as being a dangerous receiving threat early in his career. He blew people away at the combine, running a 4.38 40-yard dash and had a 42-inch vertical jump.

During his time in the NFL, he was a two-time Pro Bowler, made second-team All-Pro (2013), and was the touchdown leader in 2009. Most importantly, he made two Super Bowl appearances (2012, 2015) and won one with the Denver Broncos. 

Davis could block, catch, and was Alex Smith's favorite target in San Francisco. There was nothing he could not do which was why he was one of the more sought-after players in the draft. He even signed a five-year $37 million contract extension with the 49ers in 2010, which was the most for a tight end in NFL history at the time. 

The D.C. native wrapped up his 14-year career, finishing with totals of 583 catches, 7,562 receiving yards, and 63 touchdowns.