As many of you know, NFL players are obsessive when it comes to honing their craft. This obsessive nature leaves little time for anything else outside the organizational walls. Hobbies and downtime are sparse. When they do have an opportunity to mingle with society, some do it in a constructive manner, while others do not.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had one passion while at the University of Maryland—art. He majored in studio art before leaving the collegiate ranks for the NFL. His long standing affection for the visual arts has moved him enough to become a 28-year-old art gallery owner.

Last month, the Pro Bowl tight end opened a space called Gallery 85 in San Jose. The gallery displays art from emerging artists throughout the Bay Area and Davis himself. According to David Ng of the Los Angeles Times, the gallery serves in San Jose’s Santana Row and is used as a fundraiser for the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts.

Gallery 85 is obviously named after Davis’ jersey number—the number he has sported as a member of the 49ers. Ng also mentioned, “The foundation awards college art school scholarships for select youths from low-income communities.”

In a week when the Super Bowl is the main focus, it’s good to hear about players giving back and supporting the community in more ways than one.

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