By GERARDO RECINOS
Before moving to Green Bay, Trevor Davis had never seen snow fall in his life.
For a kid from Martinez, who went to college at Hawaii before transferring and graduating from UC Berkeley, Davis’ first season in the National Football League brought with it many new experiences.
The obvious differences always stick out. The speed and precision of the game at the NFL-level is different than it is in college. As are the men that play it. And at the end of the day, whether you’re drafted in the first round or 163rd overall, everyone is fighting for a job.
Food is also different. You’d never be able to find many places that make cheese curds in the Bay Area, but the food is a staple in Wisconsin.
“When I heard it was fried cheese, I thought, it must be pretty good,” Davis said, before listing off some of his favorite spots to pick up the Midwest favorite.
However, the most stand-out aspect when making a comparison between the Green Bay, Wisconsin and Martinez isn’t how different the two places may be.
It’s how similar they can be.
“It’s really refreshing because its kind of like being in Martinez. I think we really care about football here (in Martinez). When I played, it was football based,” Davis said.
“You come (to Green Bay) and it’s really the same thing. It’s not really a big town when it comes to going out, or things to do, but when it comes to the fans loving the team, its kind of the same as being in Martinez. It’s like being back home, just a lot colder,” he said laughing.
Because it’s a town of only 100,000, Green Bay residents have recognized Davis on the streets, which adds to the small-town feel that connects his new home, and his old home.
The Packers are the only not-for-profit community-owned team in the United States, so sometimes when Davis is recognized around town, fans will not only congratulate him on his addition to the 53-man roster – they’ll also playfully chide him and let him know that they have a stake in the team.
That experience may not seem too different to walking into any business in Martinez with an Alhambra Bulldog jersey. Because in a town so heavily invested in its football, and with a history that goes back 62 seasons, Davis is the first to have reached the pinnacle.
“After I made the 53 [man roster], that’s kind of when it clicked,” Davis said. “Preseason is cool, but it’s not the real thing until it’s the real thing.”
Being back home, Davis has made a conscious effort to keep a line of communication open with Alhambra High School. He and head coach Alan Hern have been in contact, and the plans for a camp have also been in talks.
Davis currently lives in Southern California, but comes back to see his mother who still lives in town.
The camps are all part of an initiative to keep kids who think they may have a shot to play in college on the right track. “They think you’re different than them, that you’re a super human, and it’s not like that,” Davis said. “I’m just as good as other guys who have come from Alhambra.”
Davis says it’s the opportunities that presented themselves that made it possible.
That’s why when Davis caught his first touchdown pass on a nine-yard out-route from Aaron Rodgers, the 23-year-old said he blacked out. But afterwards could only think about when he would get the next one.
“I was too in the zone to even know,” Davis said. “You’re just so juiced about it.”
So juiced, in fact, that he didn’t even remember to grab the ball and put it aside as a memento. Thankfully someone on the team did so for him, so he could enjoy the moment.
“At the end of the day, you just say, ‘I got my first one, now I’m good, let’s keep going,’’ he said.
The catch was made in the team’s 33-32 loss on Oct. 30, on the road in Atlanta, so Davis didn’t get a chance to participate in the famed “Lambeau Leap,” but he still has it on his list of accomplishments.
“That’s like the most historic thing you can do,” Davis said of the iconic celebration that allows players to interact with the fans. “You’re not really a part of the team until you Lambeau Leap it.”