Thomas Davis: Saving Others Careers More Important Than My Own

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Carolina Panthers linebacker and NFL’s Man of the Year award nominee, Thomas Davis, joined the Mac Attack to discuss being recognized for such a noble cause, his head coach, playing alongside Luke Kuechly, defensive free agents, the Kraken vs. LeBron, meeting LeBron at a Bobcats game, and racing Luke Kuechly in the 40.

On people being inspired by him coming back from multiple knee injuries: I’m absolutely proud of it. I’m even more excited for the guys who will come behind me, that I paved the way for. Teams can now look at my situation and not give up on their guys. If I can help save the next man’s career, that means more to me than to save my own.

On being nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award: I was very excited. We don’t go out and do the work in the community to try to gain recognition, but when someone recognizes it, it’s great. What we do, we do genuinely from the heart and we try to make a difference in the city of Charlotte, as well as Georgia and South Carolina. It’s all about impacting these kids life in a positive way.

On head coach Ron Rivera: He always preaches team and we’ve bought into that. If you look at his approach from when the season started out 1-3 to the long winning streak, he was the same guy. As players, for us to see that and to know he’s confident in us and he’s preaching how well we can play and he believes in us, we get motivated and want to play for a guy like that.

On free agents Captain Munnerlyn, Mike Mitchell and Greg Hardy:
The nature of this business is you can’t keep everybody, but those three guys I definitely hope we’re able to retain them because they are very key parts of our defense. If we can get that unit back and continue to build on what we accomplished, I can see our season ending in Arizona next year.

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