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Panthers LB Thomas Davis wants to repay Jerry Richardson with SB50 title

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said one of the first people to seek him out to ask about his broken arm was team owner Jerry Richardson.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said one of the first people to seek him out to ask about his broken arm was team owner Jerry Richardson. TNS

When X-rays showed a fracture in Thomas Davis’ right arm, among the first people to seek out the Carolina Panthers’ veteran linebacker was team owner Jerry Richardson, one of the few people who have been around the organization longer than Davis.

“He came down to check on me and make sure I was OK,” Davis said Wednesday. “I assured him that I would be fine and I would be able to play in this game.”

But playing in Super Bowl 50 isn’t the goal for Davis. He wants to win it, in part as a way to repay Richardson for the 11 years he’s kept Davis under contract.

“As a football player who’s been given so much, it’s something that you want to do for him,” Davis said. “I want to be a part of the team that was able to give him that trophy and put a ring on his finger.”

Doctors inserted a plate and a dozen screws in Davis’ forearm Jan. 25 after he broke it during the first half of the NFC Championship Game against Arizona. Davis will wear a brace Sunday against Denver along with padding over his stitches, which run nearly the length of his forearm.

Davis, the first player known to have overcome three ACL surgeries, wasn’t concerned about the stitches.

“I shouldn’t have any issues with the stitches coming loose. But if they do we’ll just stitch it back up,” he said. “No big deal.”

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