Davis celebrates two special occasions on same day
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is celebrating two special occasions today…
Thomas Davis was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first-round (No. 14 overall) of the NFL Draft thirteen years ago. Since joining Carolina, Davis has been an integral part of a defensive unit known for their shut-down capabilities, consistently ranking near the top of the league in a number of categories.
Not only has his on the field performance earned him special recognition and a captain label year after year but his ability to overcome personal adversity and embody the “Keep Pounding” mantra has separated Davis from countless others to wear the black and blue.
Today, he celebrates a birthday turning 35 years old and entering his final year as a player. Having already announced plans for retirement following the season, Davis’ contributions to the Panthers and city of Charlotte have been felt for years.
He is consistently sending a message and changing the lives of underprivileged youth through the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, educating young people about not letting their past mistakes define them or their future plans.
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Davis is not only celebrating a birthday today, March 22, but also a 10-year anniversary with his wife, Kelly. Ever the gentleman, Davis posted a picture of the two on his Instagram account showing appreciation for all of the birthday wishes but also wanting fans and friends alike to pass along congratulations to his wife on their anniversary.
Mrs. Davis has always been a strong supporter of her husband and not afraid to speak her mind. Last season, she revealed Davis played injured for a few weeks in addition to calling for changes on the offensive side of the football.
It was a brief moment of insight into the frustration felt at times last season by fans, knowing that the players or at least their families were feeling the same way. In the end, play improved and Carolina earned a playoff berth as the number five seed before losing to divisional rival New Orleans.
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While it may currently seem as if Davis’ star could not shine brighter in Charlotte, if he brings the Lombardi Trophy back to Carolina in his final season, it will.