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Vernon Davis staying busy post-retirement with investments in D.C. real estate market

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Vernon Davis retired from the NFL after the 2019 season, but he he hasn’t been lounging on a beach sipping piña coladas in the two and a half years since.

Davis, the former Maryland Terrapins tight end who played 14 seasons in the NFL, has been engaged in several different ventures since he hung up his cleats, from acting to real estate in D.C.

As detailed in an article by Tristan Navera at the Washington Business Journal, Davis’ biggest real estate investment so far is a $9 million, eight-unit townhouse community called Gloriana in Bloomingdale. The former Washington tight end joined United Investments, Kadida Development Group and Alliance Development Co. to spearhead the housing project. 

Davis told the Washington Business Journal that he’s always been interested in real estate. His introduction came in 2015 when he and NFL wide receiver Mohamed Sanu were involved in bringing a Jamba Juice franchise to the D.C. area. A few years later, Davis joined a group that redeveloped a building in San Francisco — where he played for 10 seasons, including two years with 13 receiving touchdowns — into a rooftop steakhouse. 

And he’s not slowing down any time soon, as Davis, who made nearly $80 million in his NFL career according to Spotrac, is working on more projects, both in the District and in other markets. He is part of a group working on a multifamily community in Dayton, Ohio, and a second development in the capital area that isn’t public, according to the Washington Business Journal. 

In addition to his interest in real estate, 2022 has been busy for Davis’ acting career. He had a role in the movie “Gasoline Alley,” which debuted in February and was headlined by co-stars Bruce Willis and Luke Wilson. In March, “A Day to Die,” another Willis movie, hit theaters with Davis playing a minor role. A month later, Davis also appeared in the movie “Chariot,” starring John Malkovich.