Tale of the Tape: Vernon Davis vs. Rob Gronkowski
- On the FieldDavis finished last season with career highs of 52 catches for 850 yards and 13 TD's playing in 15 of 16 games.Gronkowski only played seven games due to injuries last season. In those games he had 39 catches for 592 yards with 4 TD's.
- Off the FieldDavis traveled to Afghanistan in 2010 to spend time with U.S. troops by invitation from the USO and has served as the U.S. Olympics Honorary Curling Captain. He hosts the Sound Mind Sound Body football academy which mentors hundreds of young students aspiring to college athletic careers; benefits the Starkey Hearing Foundation which provides the gift of hearing around the globe; supports Pros for Africa and appeared in the Until There’s A Cure HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.Gronkowski and his family have a nonprofit organization called The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, which hosts events and creative concepts that generate funds for the benefit of youth charities. You can also find Gronk on TMZ and in the media being a rich, young 25 year old in the Vegas clubs.
- InjuriesDavis has missed one game in the last five seasons due to an injury.In the last two seasons Gronkowski has missed 14 of 32 games due to injury. This kid is injury prone.
- MONEYDavis signed a 5 year, $36.75 million contract with the 49ers. Including a $10 million signing bonus, $11.1 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $7.35 million. He is the third highest paid TE in the NFL.Gronkowski signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension, the largest ever for an NFL tight end. Including $8 million in signing bonus, but leaves the 2012 and 2013 seasons of his rookie contract intact.
The better tight end on and off the field is Vernon Davis. Although Davis missed the start of 49ers minicamp because he wants to reconstruct his contract for more money and has the negative light on him right now, he is still the overall better tight end because he can stay on the field.