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.
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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