**Originally posted on Examiner.com
When Vernon Davis returned to the sideline after his game-winning 14-yard touchdown catch to beat the Saints on Saturday, tears flowed from his eyes. A burden had been lifted from the battle-tested warrior. He, along with so many players on the team, had endured years of disappointment and frustration and now they had finally erased all those demons.
For Davis particularly, he had become the hero, the goat, and back to hero through his entire roller coaster NFL career. And that heroic moment Saturday afternoon might never have happened had it not been for former head coach Mike Singletary.
“Just Singletary. Having him around. He taught me a lot,” Davis told KNBR radio on Monday. “I actually learned a lot from coach Singletary.”