NFL tight end Vernon Davis said he expects to attend his third straight Winter Olympics next year, according to ESPN.com.
USA Curling has a standing offer that he can reprise his role as honorary team captain.
Davis, then with the San Francisco 49ers, learned about curling from a 49ers beat writer before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, gave it a try and took to it.
Within weeks, USA Curling found out and extended the honorary captain offer.
“I’m open to try new things and different things,” Davis said in Sochi while watching the U.S. men play. “I find it fascinating.”
He began curling recreationally in the Bay Area, then moved to Denver in 2015 and Washington last year.
Hopefully, he has raised awareness for one of the cult-following sports of the Winter Games.
“The Winter Olympics, when everyone hears curling, they’re thinking … oh, Vernon does that,” Davis said in Sochi. “It makes people want to look at it. They want to get involved. They want to see what’s going on. They want to learn more about it. They’re on the Internet, Googling ‘curling,’ trying to find out about it. Which is a pretty good thing.”
Maybe Robert Griffin III hasn’t quite closed the door on his track and field career.
The Washington Redskins quarterback still harbors Olympic dreams. He was once a strong 400m hurdler, posting a personal best of 49.22 seconds, the 29th-fastest man in the world in 2008.
“My dream is to be in the Olympics and represent the United States of America,” Griffin said of his athletic upbringing in a YouTube video published Friday. “So, I was preparing for my dream.
“He’d have me watch (four-time Olympic champion) Michael Johnson run,” Griffin said of his youth track coach. “He’d have me watch (1996 Olympic 110m hurdles champion) Allen Johnson hurdle. And then I would go out and I’d run like Michael Johnsonand I would run like Allen Johnson.”
Griffin finished 11th in the 400m hurdles at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials, taking fifth place in his semifinal heat where the top four made the eight-man final. The top three from the final made the Olympic team.
Griffin, 23, doesn’t have to rush it based on recent Olympic results. Angelo Taylor made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the 400m hurdles at age 33. The 2012 Olympic champion in the event, Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, is 36.
Griffin is keeping his options open.
“I would definitely want to still fulfill my dream of still going to the Olympics,” Griffin said. “‘So, some way, somehow. Maybe it’s track. Maybe it’s badminton. Maybe it’s ping pong. I’ll find a way to get to the Olympics.”
A handful of Washington Redskins players were feeling very Olympic on Saturday.
Offensive tackle Tom Compton, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, guard Josh LeRibeus, quarterback Kirk Cousins and guard Adam Gettis dressed up as members of the Jamaican bobsled team from the 1993 Disney movie “Cool Runnings.”
LeRibeus appeared to be taking the role of fictional coach Irv Blitzer, played by John Candy, from the film.