By Tyler Emerick

On the football field, Vernon Davis has been known to show off his creative side by spontaneously hurdling over defenders to avoid being tackled.

But did you know that away from the game, the San Francisco 49ers tight end is just as imaginative?

From his well-received art gallery to his work on camera on television shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, Davis is a man of many artistic outlets.

The 31-year-old understands how fortunate he is to be able to explore all of his passions, and that’s why he’s striving to help others do the same.

A few years ago, Davis established “The Vernon Davis Foundation,” which provides scholarships to dedicated art students and grants to deserving nonprofit programs.

The foundation, Davis said, is in its infancy, but the 49ers veteran is committed to growing its reach in the Bay Area, his hometown back east and elsewhere. Davis’ goal is to give the confidence that comes with the creative arts to a new generation.

The star tight end recently sat down with 49ers.com to discuss his foundation and how art has impacted his life.

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