- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis isn’t worried about the gloomy predictions for the team’s 2019 season.

“I expect us to be a really good team this year because of the guys that we have, we have a great nucleus of guys who are not just great football players, but great people,” he said while volunteering Wednesday at a Capital Area Food Bank cookout in the District. “If you can come together in the locker room you can come together anywhere and that’s what it takes.”

And the NFL veteran said rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the team’s No. 1 draft pick, is going to be fine, too.

“He has tremendous arm strength, he is very accurate, and his mindset, his mindset is he’s very humble and wants to work,” Davis said. “He comes in everyday with a great attitude, ready to work ready to go.”

Davis spoke briefly about the upcoming Redskins season, his acting aspirations and the role faith and volunteerism play in his life Wednesday after working the grill for fellow food bank workers.

“I give back because, I feel obligated, and even if I wasn’t obligated I’d still do it because it’s in my heart,” he said.

After serenading a couple of the volunteers with a verse of “Happy Birthday” before stepping down as grillmaster, the Redskins star and former Terrapin talked about his role in a western set for release later this year, “Hell on the Border.”

Davis plays Columbus Johnson, a character who helps slaves find freedom.

“What attracted me is that the role I was given I was playing a guy that was taking people from the south to Kansas to get them away from the slavery that was going on over there so that they could be treated fairly and have the liberty to do as they please,” Davis said. “I thought the role was a great role and if it comes back, I didn’t die so I’ll be back in there.”

Does Davis see himself pursuing a post-football film career, ala Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?

“If I continue to keep working on my craft, I can become good at it, but I don’t want to hop,” Davis said. “I don’t want to take any leaps until I get there because he’s quite the guy, he’s quite the actor.”

Davis said his years at the University of Maryland helped fuel a lifelong passion for the arts.

“I grew up drawing and painting, and when I got into college, I found my love and passion for the arts, Davis said. “It became my major.”

Whatever challenges await after his playing days, Davis said he will tackle with passion and faith — one of his favorite words.

“If you don’t believe and anticipate something happening, then it probably won’t happen,” he said. “If you think you can’t, you can’t. if you think you can, you can.”

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