The pride of Wortham will finally play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday.
Leonard Davis, who has put together a 12-year NFL career after starring at Wortham and the University of Texas, gets his chance at a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Davis is the first Golden Circle area player to appear in the Super Bowl since Corsicana’s Danieal Manning played for the Chicago Bears as a rookie in Super Bowl XVI. The Bears lost to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 29-17.
Davis is on his fourth team, and while the Cowboys gave up on him after the 2010 season, he said this week he’s not basking in the fact he’s in a Super Bowl while Dallas hasn’t played in one in almost two decades.
“I don’t really feel like there’s vindication,” Davis told MichiganLive.com. “Teams that I’ve played for, I don’t really feel like they’ve done me wrong or anything like that. For me, it’s just another opportunity to go out and play and have fun.”
Davis made 155 starts for the Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals from 2001 to 2010. He appeared in three Pro Bowls.
The Cowboys released him to save salary cap space before the 2011 season. He landed on the Detroit Lions midway through last season, but was inactive for every game.
He has played in all 16 regular season games, plus two postseason wins, for the 49ers. And while he’s only played 141 plays, and 10 in the postseason, Davis has been a key reserve for arguably the best and nastiest offensive line in the NFL.
Davis told Michigan Live that his 49ers teammates have welcomed him with open arms.
“Just to be able to come in and have their respect,” Davis said. “It's not just them respecting me, but me respecting them. We're just like a big group of brothers. We stick together in everything we do. The ride since being here, obviously, we’re here at this point. Had a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of hard work, too.”
Super Bowl XLVII Picks
The Daily Sun sports staff gives you our Super Bowl XVLII picks:
Todd Wills, Sports Editor. San Francisco 35, Baltimore 13. Joe Flacco sets Super Bowl record for interceptions while Colin Kaepernick wins the MVP.
Raymond Linex II, Publisher. Baltimore 31, San Francisco 20. San Francisco has the better team, but the Ravens and Joe Flacco complete the “can’t overlook us anymore” tour in New Orleans.
Michael Kormos, Design Editor. San Francisco 28, Baltimore 21. I’ve been behind the ‘Niners since I picked them to win the Super Bowl in GC Football 12 in August. Frank Gore will be unstoppable come Sunday.