While the national attention has focused more on the comeback of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning this season, Davis's unprecedented return from three ACL surgeries on the same leg is worthy of consideration for comeback player of the year honors. Considering Davis is doing something no NFL player has done, the Panthers linebacker is both a medical and competitive marvel.
The loss of Beason earlier this season has pushed Davis back into a starting role and he has played with the same unflinching aggressiveness that marked his play before three knee injuries in three years threatened to end his playing career.
"He's a winner," defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. "You love stories like this. At times I've got to remind myself what he's come back from.
"The great part about Thomas is the minute you try to cut him a little slack for that, he says, 'No coach, I should have made play X or play Z.' He's what you want in a professional athlete."
Starting in training camp, the Panthers have been careful with Davis, limiting his practice time and using him briefly in just one preseason game. Head coach Ron Rivera and his staff have also carefully monitored the number of plays Davis gets in each game, but his production and enthusiasm have made it difficult to keep him off the field.
"The hard part is you get in certain situations and you want to get a guy like that out on the field," Rivera said. "We’re trying to keep Thomas between 35-45 plays a game. And the same thing with practice. We try to keep the wear and tear off him.
"The biggest thing we have to remember is he’s barely 13 months removed from the last situation. Hopefully it’ll get better for him and he’ll continue to grow. I’m really excited for him. I told Thomas I don’t know if I could be more proud of a player that’s come back from what he had and watched him play. That’s outstanding."
Great Article On Thomas Davis
Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:07 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:09 PM
His story should be national media not local.
But honestly I'm just glad he is kicking arse.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:41 PM
I eat my crow
good, let that be lesson to you and all the others that doubt a HoF caliber athlete. They dont get there because they lack drive. Beason will be back too but his injury was far worse.
This is the part that I hope is not lost in all the bubbly bubbly:
"The loss of Beason earlier this season has pushed Davis back into a starting role and he has played with the same unflinching aggressiveness that marked his play before three knee injuries in three years threatened to end his playing career."
That is beyond comprehension.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:32 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:16 PM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:48 AM
davis > beason sorry beast.. ur traded this year
lol at completely missing the point of TD's story.
. . just wow