Posted December 22, 2011 on AP on Fox

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers hauls in a pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Vernon Davis has stepped it up for the San Francisco 49ers this season in ways that go beyond the star tight end's typical contributions to the team's passing game. The charismatic sixth-year veteran has emerged as one of the 49ers' more visible leaders and has been outspoken in support of teammates. He also can be counted on when the team's inconsistent offense needs him most. Davis took charge to spark the 49ers' first touchdown drive late in the third quarter of Monday night's game against Pittsburgh, setting up his own 1-yard scoring reception with two big plays that got San Francisco rolling toward a 20-3 victory.
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