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MM 2.3: Former Terp Vernon Davis announces retirement from the NFL

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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After 14 seasons in the NFL, former Terp Vernon Davis announced his retirement Sunday.

And he did so in unusual fashion. Davis appeared in a pre-Super Bowl sketch with Rob Gronkowski and James Harrison as a crew of retired NFL players called the Golden Gronks.

“That’s right, I’m retiring,” Davis said in the video.

After recording 1,371 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons for Maryland football, Davis was drafted sixth overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006. He played for the 49ers for 10 years, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2013.

In 2015, Davis was traded to the Denver Broncos, and that season he was part of their Super Bowl run. He spent the next four years with the Washington Redskins, but only saw the field in four games in 2019 due to injury.

Davis will retire from the league with 7,562 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns on his career. He averaged 13.0 yards per reception and caught 62.8 percent of the passes that came his way during his time in the NFL.

In other news

Cody took a look at how No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball is hitting its stride at just the right time. The Terps finally have their confidence back, and it shows.

Jordan dove into the film from the Terps’ win over No. 18 Iowa Thursday night in the latest edition of TT Court Vision.

Sean gave his three biggest takeaways from the victory over Iowa.

Check out Sarah’s best photos from the big home victory.

No. 4 Maryland men's lacrosse went on a scoring tear in its first game of the season, taking a 23-12 victory over No. 20 High Point.

Maryland football secured a trio of commitments over the weekend. Three-star running back Antwain Littleton Jr. and three-star defensive end ZionAngelo Shockley pledged to the Class of 2021, while three-star JUCO defensive tackle Almosse Titi joined the Class of 2020.

Grace previewed the upcoming Maryland softball season, which starts this week.

Maryland wrestling lost both of its dual meets this weekend, and neither were close. On Friday, the Terps fell to No. 3 Ohio State 43-3, and on Sunday, they were handed a 40-3 defeat by No. 2 Penn State.

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Check out Morgan’s recap from No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball’s win over Iowa Thursday night.

I gave an update on the Big Ten men’s basketball standings. The Terps didn’t play over the weekend, but a ton of games went their way, so Mark Turgeon’s squad is now just half a game back from first place.

I also took a look at the upcoming schedule for the team, which features some very formidable opponents.

And of course, the ranked teams that lost over the past week. Don’t be surprised if Maryland men’s basketball moves up a decent amount.

Two of Maryland men’s basketball’s lineups rank in the top-five of the Big Ten in terms of plus-minus.

Jalen Smith and Darryl Morsell were featured in a Big Ten Network video.

Anthony Cowan Jr. passed Maryland basketball great Walt Williams on the all-time scoring list.

Maryland football running back Anthony McFarland, who declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 3, was invited to the NFL Combine.

Maryland football marked the start of Black History Month by honoring the legacy of Darryl Hill.

Check out former Terp DJ Moore’s best plays for the Carolina Panthers this season.

Get a behind the scenes look at practice for No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball.

No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse made SportsCenter with this goal from Logan Wisnauskas.

Terps head coach John Tillman was pleased with how unselfish his guys played Saturday in the team’s win over No. 20 High Point.

No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse is back in action this week.