Former NFL Star Vernon Davis Making His Grandad Proud Working Alongside Bruce Willis in Movies

by John Jamison

Vernon Davis first came onto the NFL scene as the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. A blazingly fast tight end with a 4.38 40-yard dash time, he spent the bulk of his career playing for the San Francisco 49ers. Now retired from football, Davis has begun to explore another passion of his- acting.

The near-decade he spent in San Francisco saw him become one of the most talented tight ends in football. In 2015, he made a brief stop in Denver, winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos in the single-season he played there. He finished his NFL career out with the Washington Redskins, reuniting with his 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

These days, the former NFL star is living out his boyhood dreams in another field. All those hours he spent watching the “Die Hard” movies are finally starting to pay off. The athlete-turned-actor has had the good fortune of landing roles in two films that also feature Bruce Willis. “Gasoline Alley” and “A Day to Die” are both in pre-production. They are set to release in 2022.

In an interview with PopCulture, Davis talked about the fond memories he has of watching Bruce Willis’ John McClane go toe-to-toe with Hans Gruber alongside his late grandfather. Now, he’s spending time on the other side of the screen with the action legend himself.

“I grew up watching Bruce in ‘Die Hard,’ in his ‘Die Hard’ movies with my granddad when I was a kid, so being able to say I worked with him a huge honor for me, and I’m sure my grandad’s looking down smiling because he’s a huge Bruce Willis fan, so it was a great opportunity,” Davis said.

The Bruce Willis movies aside, Davis looks to be extremely busy with other acting obligations as well. He has six other projects in pre-production.

The Slow Transition of Vernon Davis From NFL Star to Entertainer

As we’ve seen with the recent Aaron Rodgers drama, juggling two careers isn’t easy. The Green Bay Packers stated that he wished to leave the Green Bay Packers recently. That announcement coincided with his push to pursue a career as the host of “Jeopardy!

Of course, he initially stated that he had time to do both jobs. And his gripes with Green Bay may have nothing to do with an entertainment career at all.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the obligations of being an NFL football player take up the majority of a person’s time. It is a profession, after all. In the case of Vernon Davis, he made several appearances in various acting projects throughout the earlier parts of his NFL career. But the credits look nothing like the consistent work he appears to be finding these days.

From 2009 to 2020, he appeared in credited roles on-screen no more than eight times. And three of those saw him playing himself. Now that his football career is over, Davis is free to explore his passion for acting. And we’re excited to see his work.