There are tough guys, and then there is Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.
Davis, a former safety at UGA, helped his team soundly defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, on Sunday evening but exited the contest before halftime with an apparent arm injury. The 11-year veteran did not return to the game, and it was later announced that Davis suffered a broken forearm.
Despite the injury, Davis seems ready and eager to play in Super Bowl 50 against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
“I ain’t missing the Super Bowl,” Davis said following the game, according to ESPN’s David Newton. “You better believe that. … The early prognosis is it’s broken. We’ll get it figured out, and I’ll be ready in two weeks.”
Davis is no stranger to injury. During his career, he has overcome three torn ACL’s in the same knee and even popped his finger back into its socket before tackling Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in the span of seconds.
A post from his wife, Kelly Davis, on Instagram Monday morning, indicates the Panthers linebacker is undergoing surgery on his arm.
One of the leaders of Carolina’s suffocating defense and the 2014 Walter Peyton NFL Man of the Year, Davis is displaying incredible toughness and character on and off the field.