Former UGA and current Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis doesn’t care that he broke his arm during during last weekend’s NFC Championship game. The 11-year veteran wants to play in the Super Bowl no matter what.
Davis suffered the injury after he awkwardly collided with Arizona Cardinals tight end Daniel Fells last Sunday. The Panthers won the game 49-15 and Davis had surgery the next day. A broken arm may shut down a regular athlete for weeks, but not Davis. He promised again this week that he would be ready to take the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to help his team win a championship.
“Thomas is really all about the team,” coach Ron Rivera said according to The Sporting News’ Cristina Ledra. “And that’s one of the things we really love about who he is as a person and from the time I first met Thomas to now, he’s been the same guy, the steady rock, the heart and soul of who we are as a football team and it’s reflected in his attitude and his willingness to do everything he can to get onto the practice field and play on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Davis is also using the words of his former coach, Mark Richt, to keep him motivated to play through the pain. Richt left Davis with some words of wisdom that many UGA players may recognize.
“He (Richt) had one simple message and the message was ‘finish the drill’ and that’s all he needs to say,” Davis said according to Ledra. “I understand what that means and guys that played for him know what that means. I’ll live the rest of my life by that mantra.”