Thomas Davis suffered a broken arm in the first half of the Carolina Panthers 49-15 victory of the Arizona Cardinals Sunday in the NFC Championship. Thomas had surgery on his arm Tuesday and the long time defensive face of the Panthers has vowed to play next Sunday in Super Bowl 50. His determination to play despite the injury is a topic of conversation in sports circles, but Panthers fans have long been aware of Davis’ tenacity.
After being taken 14th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, the former Georgia Bulldog began his rookie season at strong-safety before moving to weakside linebacker during the season. From 2008-20011 Davis suffered multiple ACL injuries requiring three surgeries on his right knee. Yet Davis has been able to overcome those injuries and emerge as one of the best linebackers in the NFL after his career really should have been over. Those who doubt his ability to be able play effectively in the Super Bowl should look no further than earlier this season when against the Seattle Seahawks, Davis dislocated his finger, popped it back in place and made a tackle on Marshawn Lynch – all in the same play. Here’s the Panthers @ Seahawks highlights: