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The Core Of Sports: D.C. Native Vernon Davis: 'It Smells Like Gunpowder'

One of the many concurrent series we have running at SB Nation Studios is called "The Core of Sports." Sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, the series profiles athletes who best represent the principles of the Marine Corps' warrior ethos. Previous installments have looked at mental and physical fitness with MMA Fighter Brian Stann, the principle of honor with Steelers safety Ryan Clark, and the concept of technical and tactical expertise with U.S. Olympian Tim Morehouse.

In the latest segment, we return to the gridiron and talk to 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who discusses how his offensive mindset aids his performance on the field.

What do we mean by offensive mindset? Here's SB Nation's Matt Ufford (USMC 2000-2004):

Marines don't use foxholes. Foxholes, as any drill instructor will loudly inform you, are used for hiding from predators. So Marines dig fighting holes. The term may seem clunky -- an unnecessary nit to pick -- but it's representative of the Corps's warrior ethos: Even in a defensive position, Marines must possess an offensive mindset.

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