Answering Yesteryear’s Questions Today

In 2011, I asked, “Why Can’t Modern Football Players Act?

Today, Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis is planning his post-football career:

The producer knocked on the trailer door, needing Vernon Davis on the set. It was time for his scene, one rich with dialogue. Davis, though, needed another minute. He wasn’t done preparing.

There’s a reason Davis is entering his 14th season and remains the Washington Redskins’ No. 2 tight end at age 35. There’s also a reason he is receiving praise for what he hopes will be his post-NFL career — acting. It’s preparation.

On the set of “Hell on the Border” this January day, it meant telling the film’s producer he needed to get into character.

“When I heard that, I was so excited, like, ‘Oh, my god, this guy really came to do this movie and is prepared,'” producer Henry Penzi said. “He had a big monologue. I read it and said, ‘Oh, god, I hope he can pull it off.’ I never told him that because I didn’t want to scare anyone.”

Time will tell if he’s another Marlin Olsen or Alex Karras or merely another Brian Bosworth.