WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- On Friday afternoon All-Pro NFL tight end Vernon Davis dropped by Coolidge High School in the district to speak with young football campers.
Davis was working the young crowd with the microphone, sharing stories of his personal struggles in high school, and his mischievous ways with the law -- he was on probation as a sixth grader.
In the final portion of Davis' motivational speech, the San Francisco 49er talked about never giving up on your aspirations. Davis even dropped some of his own.
"I will be the best tight end to ever play this game. I have a vision," echoed Davis to a thunderous applause.
I briefly caught up with the 28-year-old D.C. native following the end of the camp.
KJ: That was an inspiring speech you gave the kids today. I was just wondering on how you plan on becoming the NFL's greatest tight end of all-time?
VD: "Hard work. Having a plan."
KJ: Can that really happen though with Alex Smith as the long term quarterback?
VD: "It can. It doesn't matter. Anything is possible. I say that because...what can happen? If I don't make it, then I don't make it. It's as simple as that. Ain't nothing nobody can do, ain't nothing nobody can say. But if I do? Then I spoke it into existence."
KJ: What are your perceptions on the state of Maryland football? Are you an involved alumni? Were you embarrassed by the 2-10 record under Randy Edsall?
VD: "I am an involved alumni. I'm actually going to see the coach on the 28th. We have a good relationship. I've met him numerous times. I'm sure whatever decison [Maryland] makes, will be wise decisions. And I support the program either way."
KJ: Will the Redskins make the playoffs next season with RGIII at quarterback. Yes or no?
And at that point Davis was whisked away to take photographs and sign autographs. I would've waited around for his final answer to that question if the Washington Wizards wouldn't have scheduled a press conference two hours before hand.
As much as I root for (and now genuinely like) Davis, he's entrenched in an uphill battle to become football's greatest tight end of all-time. Names like Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe, John Mackey and Kellen Winslow Sr. are going to be pretty insurmountable to overcome.