SANTA CLARA -- It's been nearly eight months since right tackle Anthony Davis celebrated a $37.3 million extension with the 49ers by recalling a quote from his college coach at Rutgers:

"You will be a 1 contract and done kinda guy in the NFL. — Greg Schiano. Lol"

Schiano, now the Buccaneers coach, had nothing but kind things to say Wednesday about Davis in advance of Sunday's reunion in Tampa.

"Anthony was a great young man when I got to coach him at Rutgers," Schiano said on a conference call with Bay Area media. "He was a local kid, a Piscataway kid that stayed home. That took a lot of guts. He stayed home for a local school and I'm forever indebted to Anthony for doing that.

San Francisco 49ers’ Anthony Davis (76) speaks to the media at their practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (Nhat V.
San Francisco 49ers' Anthony Davis (76) speaks to the media at their practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

"I know I got under his skin sometimes. ... I did push him but I love him and I think he's a great player and great person."

Davis has started every game for the 49ers at right tackle since 2010, when he got drafted in the first round (11th overall).

Schiano said he did not discourage Davis to enter the NFL after his junior season. But he did indeed recall warning Davis about two potential contract paths in the NFL.

"When he was younger, I had coached in the NFL and I told him stories about guys that can either go be long-term NFL players and get their second and third contracts, or they could be fizzle-out guys.

"I just wanted to make sure that Anthony was going to be as talented enough to get second, third and fourth contracts, really. He's been that good an athlete. He's well on his way now."

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