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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis gets key to Charlotte

Carolina Panthers linebacker and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award winner Thomas Davis stands with his wife, Kelly, and their children as they take a photo with the Charlotte City Council after it presented him with the key to the city on Monday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Davis was recognized for his service to the community through his Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. “We are excited to honor Mr. Davis for receiving the 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award and for his service to our community,” said Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “The key to the city is presented to an esteemed citizen and trusted friend of the city’s residents. Through his foundation and other charitable acts, Mr. Davis has proven his commitment to empowering young Charlotteans as they pursue their dreams.” Davis was joined by middle school students from the Thomas Davis Youth Leadership Academy, which encourages students with leadership training, community service opportunities and academic achievement during the 16-week program. At the 2015 NFL Honors during Super Bowl weekend, Davis was recognized as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his leadership and commitment on and off the field. Davis’ foundation focuses on serving at-risk and low-income youth and families.
Carolina Panthers linebacker and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award winner Thomas Davis stands with his wife, Kelly, and their children as they take a photo with the Charlotte City Council after it presented him with the key to the city on Monday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Davis was recognized for his service to the community through his Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. “We are excited to honor Mr. Davis for receiving the 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award and for his service to our community,” said Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “The key to the city is presented to an esteemed citizen and trusted friend of the city’s residents. Through his foundation and other charitable acts, Mr. Davis has proven his commitment to empowering young Charlotteans as they pursue their dreams.” Davis was joined by middle school students from the Thomas Davis Youth Leadership Academy, which encourages students with leadership training, community service opportunities and academic achievement during the 16-week program. At the 2015 NFL Honors during Super Bowl weekend, Davis was recognized as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his leadership and commitment on and off the field. Davis’ foundation focuses on serving at-risk and low-income youth and families. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis received a key to the city of Charlotte on Monday night, as the Charlotte City Council recognized him for his leadership on the field and in the community.

Davis, 31, was praised for an after-school learning academy and work with Levine’s Children’s Hospital. He recently won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter said Davis is an “esteemed citizen and trusted friend for all the city’s residents.”

Davis thanked the City Council and Panthers officials. “Charlotte will forever be home to us,” he said.

The City Council held a closed-door meeting before the official presentation, at which Davis signed footballs and posed for pictures with local officials. A reporter and photographer were escorted out. After the meeting, a Charlotte spokeswoman said the city had erred and media should have been allowed into the meeting. Ely Portillo

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