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Gray snags endorsement of NFL star Vernon Davis

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) may have local go-go stars in his camp, but his main opponent, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, has the support of NFL star Vernon Davis.

Davis, a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, will be hosting a fundraiser for Gray's mayoral campaign Wednesday night at Ozio on M Street.

Davis, who reportedly snagged a 5-year, $23 million contract in 2006, will be appearing in support of "Young Professionals for Gray."

A graduate of Dunbar High School, Gray's alma mater, Davis went on to be a stand out play for the University of Maryland. After three years, he left school and entered the 2006 NFL draft. Davis was the sixth overall pick and, last year, he was selected for the Pro-Bowl.

Davis's little brother, Vontae, was also a star player at Dunbar. A defensive back for Illinois, Vontae Davis entered the NFL draft in 2009. He now plays for the Miami Dolphins.

No word on how Gray knows the Davis family. But Gray's son Carlos, the well-connected head of Young Professionals for Gray, was undoubtedly involved in organizing the event.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  June 30, 2010; 2:49 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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Do this guy live, vote, and pay taxes in D.C.? If not, his endorsement doesn't matter. I am tired of reading or hearing about non D.C. residents endorsements.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 30, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

and can we also ask for his test scores?

Posted by: pdv1 | June 30, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Well said Ward4DC. I also hear Babe Ruth and Ted Williams of Old Time Professionals are about to endorse Gray.

Posted by: NewEra | July 1, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It's good news to hear that a product of DC's Dunbar High School goes on to a better life in the NFL. This indeed is a great story and I believe in not forgetting your roots like so many others who move on. Also, it does not hurt for Mr. Davis to support a former alumni of Dunbar,Chairman Gray who will be moving on up to the mayor's seat in a few months.

Posted by: bill121 | July 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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