Those closest to Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis are promised a weekend they won’t soon forget.
Starting this evening with Indy’s AFC playoff game in New England and concluding with Sunday afternoon’s NFC semifinal in Charlotte, N.C., Davis family members and friends are in store for eight quarters of cheering, jeering and frayed nerves.
While it’s rare for one family to produce a single NFL starter, the Davises have gone above and beyond with two. The eldest of the seven children, Vernon, is the two-time Pro Bowl tight end of the San Francisco 49ers.
Expect Vernon to be pulling for the white-jerseyed No. 23 in a few hours as he attempts to help put a cork on the Patriots’ potent passing attack.
The same holds true for Vontae, who on Sunday will be cheering
for San Francisco’s No. 85, a freakishly athletic 6-foot-3, 250-pound pass-catching bulldozer, in the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers.
Odds are a Davis-Davis Super Bowl might not be in the cards. It is, however, possible.
Not that it’s something the brothers think about. Or so the younger one claims.
“No, not really. If it happens, it would be awesome, but we try to talk about life and don’t really talk about football. We talk about how the family is doing, how my nephew is doing,” said Vontae, who has produced 46 tackles and an interception for the Colts’ defense this season.
“We always keep up with each other. The season is long, but once a week we try to talk to each other and see what’s going on. There’s not really a friendly competition between us. He’s four years older than me, so he’s always been a role model to me. He’s the oldest of the kids, so he was out of the house much earlier than the rest of us were.”
For Indianapolis to do its part and advance, the defense must avoid blinking while staring into the barrel of a Tom Brady-led offense. No easy feat, particularly in Foxborough.
“It’s always a challenge in the NFL. They have good players. Tom Brady is a great player, and it’s going to be a tough challenge,” Davis said. “It’s the playoffs, so we expect their best game.”
Davis will need his, also.
To this point in the season the former University of Illinois standout has been hit-and-miss, a blending of outstanding, average and subpar performances.
But if second-year Colts coach Chuck Pagano is concerned, he’s not letting on.
“You know how hard it is to play that position? It’s extremely difficult to play that position in the National Football League or at any level for that matter. The guys that you have to cover week-in and week-out, down after down. What we do on defense, our philosophy, we ask a lot of our corners,” Pagano said. “We put them in tough situations. Win the game against the Chiefs, a lot of guys are sitting there begging for zone coverage or we need to do this, that and the other. We do what we do, and those guys rise up.
“Guys are going to make plays. Offensive guys get paid, too. And those wideouts are getting bigger and faster and longer and catch radius and all that stuff, and so it’s an extremely difficult job, and it’s not for everybody. But (Davis) is wired the right way, and he’s the perfect guy for that job.
“I think right now he’s playing the best ball he’s played and he’s been very consistent,” Pagano continued. “I know early on he played well. Everybody’s going to have their moments, but he’s playing the type of football he needs to play right now in order for us to move on.”
And if one Davis is moving on, expect the other to want to follow. Or at worst, be his brother’s most ardent supporter.