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Vernon Davis‘ game-winning touchdown catch on Saturday against the Saints was undoubtedly the defining moment in his career. It was certainly a better situation than the last time everyone was saying his name.

Unlock HQ Video HQ video delivered by Akamai Davis got his first real taste of the national spotlight in 2008, when then-49ers interim coach Mike Singletary banished Davis to the locker room in the middle of a game for selfish conduct. After the game, Singletary went on an infamous rant, expressing his desire to have a locker room of winners.

This didn’t put Davis in a good light, but the tight end believes the guidance of Singletary helped him become the player he is today.

“Just Singletary. Having him around. He taught me a lot,” Davis told KNBR in San Francisco on Monday. “I actually learned a lot from coach Singletary. I’m glad he was aboard from the start because I learned so much from him and not just about football, but about life, about team, being a part of a team, and I take my hat off to him. I learned so much from him.”

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