"Can't win with em', can't play with em', can't coach with em'" - Mike Singletary, following a 2008 game in which Vernon Davis, the tight end of the San Francisco 49ers, was told by his head coach to leave early after taking a personal foul.
Davis was nothing more than a talented malcontent, a first-round draft pick out of the University of Maryland who never seemed to "get it." Then, all of a sudden, things changed.
Fast forward four years later, Davis holds the all-time record for receiving yards per game in the postseason with 110.5, according to ESPN.
Davis is one of the most dangerous pass-catchers on the team, perhaps only behind receiver Michael Crabtree. The 28-year-old has developed into a force during both the regular season and playoffs, showcasing his skills on a weekly basis.
Consider this: The season of Singletary's rant, Davis was in the midst of the worst year of his career. The tight end was terrible, only amassing 358 yards and a pair of touchdowns, drawing the word "bust" out of some pundits.
The following year, Davis exploded 965 yards and 13 touchdowns, still the best year of his time in San Francisco.
In his four playoff games beginning in 2011, Davis has been a one-man wrecking crew. His most notable contest was in last year's NFC Divisional Playoffs against the New Orleans Saints.
That afternoon, Davis made seven catches for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns, punctuated by the man who had grown up crying like a little boy, realizing a dream.
Now, Davis is one step away from realizing his ultimate dream. As it turns out, you can win with him.