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Homecoming for Vernon Davis

  • Coach Jim Harbaugh congratulates Vernon Davis after his first touchdown on Sunday. The 49ers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3 on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

Vernon Davis is hawking T-shirts commemorating his 49ers debut today in his native Washington, D.C.

"Have you seen 'em? Do you like 'em?" Davis asked Thursday. "It's like 25 bucks, or it should be."

Actually, they're $35 on his website. But who's counting anything but 49ers' victories these days?

Here's something else Davis is selling: An unselfish attitude despite fewer receptions.

He hasn't had more than three catches in each of the past three games. His team-first mentality is being tested. That doesn't mean he has to enjoy being double teamed, often by cornerbacks and safeties.

"I hate it. It sucks," Davis said. "It sucks because I definitely want to get my hands on the ball so I can help my team win games. But if I don't and we're winning, I'll take that."

Davis has long since abandoned the persona that got him kicked off the Candlestick Park field by then-coach Mike Singletary during a 2008 game against Seattle.

The closest he's come to whining about his role this season was after the 49ers' only loss — 27-24 in overtime against Dallas on Sept.18 — when he suggested coaches utilize all the team's weapons.

A five-game win streak has ensued. Selfish words have not.

"Yes, it means a lot to me to be 6-1, because I've never been in this position," Davis said. "If I can ... get into the Super Bowl and be the Super Bowl MVP, that means a lot more to me."


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