Davis learned to love curling after the 2009 NFL season, when Bay Area-based Associated Press sports writer Janie McCauley suggested he give it a try for a story she was writing ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Davis spent nearly two hours learning the sport at a curling center in San Jose.
“Not only did I feel comfortable, but it just felt good,” Davis told The Post’s Barry Svrluga at the 2014 Sochi Games of his introduction to the sport. “It was just a good feeling, kind of like shooting a three-pointer. You just leave your form up there a while, and it was the same kind of thing, just watching it.”
Davis paid his own way to the Vancouver Games in 2010 to follow the U.S. team and then traveled to the Sochi Games four years later as USA Curling’s unofficial captain. He took in a few other sports while there.
“I didn’t know [T.J.] Oshie before yesterday but I know him now,” Davis told ESPN’s Wayne Drehs after watching the current Capitals forward lead the United States hockey team to a thrilling shootout win over Russia in 2014.
Davis told ABC and The Undefeated he hopes his continued involvement in curling can help attract more African Americans to the sport.
“Right now, I feel like a lot of African Americans don’t really know too much about the game of curling,” Davis said. “A lot of times I find that, when people don’t know about something, they kind of shy away from it. If we can continue to introduce the sport of curling to more African Americans, African Americans can then say, ‘Hey, here’s another option for me, maybe I should take this up, maybe I should do this.’ ”