3 factors that made Thomas Davis an all-time Panthers great

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When Thomas Davis hit you.

You stayed hit.

His unrivaled passion for the game came across almost every time he stepped onto the field. Davis was a commanding presence at the second level during his time with the Carolina Panthers, providing plenty of memorable highlights for those who were fortunate enough to see him play.

Davis was so a ferocious tackler who possessed a high football IQ that allowed him to always be around the ball. He was relentless to the point of attack and there were few opposing players that ever got the better of him once contact had been made.

The linebacker’s time in Carolina ended with 1,098 tackles – 798 of which were solo – and this would have been far greater had it not been for the knee injuries that caused the linebacker to miss more than two years of action.

There was nothing Davis couldn’t do on the field.

Although his 13-year stint in Carolina came agonizingly short of an elusive first Super Bowl triumph for the organization, he still managed 28 sacks, 87 tackles for loss, 59 quarterback hits, 18 forced fumbles, 52 passes defended, and 13 interceptions to go alongside his extraordinary tackling statistics.

But it was his ability to make others around him better than was perhaps the most impressive thing of all.