When Thomas Davis broke his arm in the NFC Championship game against Arizona, most expected him to miss the Super Bowl.
Of course everyone did, he's a linebacker who's primary job is wrapping opponents up and tackling them - how could he possibly do that with a broken arm? Well, it turns out the answer is pretty simple, surgery and willpower.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera revealed that he thoroughly expected Davis to play next Sunday at Levi's Stadium not because of any medical results, but because of the linebacker's determination. Rivera even dropped in a Biblical pun.
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“Again, I’m not doubting Thomas,” Rivera joked, via BlackAndBlueReview. “There’s something about his conviction and the way he looks at things.”
The veteran leader of the defense underwent surgery on Monday to have a metal plate inserted in his right arm after suffering the break in the first half of the win over the Cardinals. Even before the surgery, Davis said he would on the field come kickoff to face the Broncos for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Rivera and the Panthers have seen Davis come back from three separate ACL tears, so they know just how much self-drive he has. Still, this is truly superhuman, even for a guy like Davis.
“I think he’s one of those young men that if at all possible, he’s playing. So to me, it really is when he gets back on the practice field,” Rivera said.
“From the time I first met Thomas to now, he’s been the same guy, that steady rock, the heart and soul of who we are as a football team. It’s reflected in his attitude and his willingness to everything he can to get on the practice field and prepare to play on Sunday Bowl Sunday."
“I know Thomas, and if he says he’s going to do it, I believe he will.”
The Broncos would have been hoping that Davis would've been out of the game. They didn't get so lucky, and will have to plan for the disruptive 32-year-old.