I can honestly say I really don't know where to go with this story. The 49ers PR people sent out a press release today announcing that tight end Vernon Davis would be an honorary captain of the U.S. Curling team when the Olympics kick off next month in Vancouver.
"I am very honored and excited for the opportunity to be an honorary captain for the team," said Davis. "Going to the Olympics will be a great experience and I’m looking forward to learning more about the sport and seeing other great athletes and competitions in Vancouver."
As an honorary captain, Davis will attend a U.S. Curling match in Vancouver to support the team, as well as a VIP curling experience at the Vancouver Curling Club. He will also enjoy a Meet-the-Team experience at Olympic Village and a one-day pass to the Olympic Committee’s USA House. In return, Davis is helping to promote the sport of curling through public service announcements that will run on U.S. Curling publicity channels (web site, Internet streaming, TV) leading up to the Olympics.
"We're definitely honored to have someone of his talent stepping out of his normal space on the football field to help support the sport of curling," Rick Patzke, USA Curling's chief operating officer, said. "Everything I'm reading, his talent on the field speaks for himself, but it's inspiring to see what he's doing outside of football, giving back in all the causes he's supporting, including curling."
This is by far one of the most random stories I've ever seen. Whomever came up with this idea deserves a lot of credit for their creativity.