Thomas Davis became the first active player to bang the Keep Pounding drum before a Panthers game on Dec. 22 when Carolina hosted New Orleans.
With his teammates watching on the sideline and family in attendance, Davis fought back emotions as he pounded the drum three times, putting dents into the drum with the force of each hit.
The team’s motto of “Keep Pounding” is personified by Davis, who is believed to be the first NFL player to return from three ACL reconstructive surgeries to the same knee.
There were games this season when he was so exhausted he was unable to celebrate with his teammates. The ninth-year linebacker is in his second season since his third surgery, and he’s in the midst of his best season ever.
Davis has more tackles, sacks and interceptions than any other season, while playing two linebacker positions on a top-two NFL defense. Despite his best year, Davis won’t make the Pro Bowl this year, and he was listed on NFL.com as the second-biggest Pro Bowl snub in the league.
But Davis has taken the snub in stride. After all, he’s overcome worse. Jonathan Jones
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