After he suffered a broken forearm in the NFC Championship Game, team trainers didn't think Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis would be able to play in Super Bowl 50, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. But the defensive playmaker defied the odds and suited up for his team Sunday.
Although the Panthers came up short, losing 24-10 to the Denver Broncos, Davis recorded seven tackles while playing with a cast on his right arm. After the game, Davis shared this message on Instagram along with an image of his surgically repaired forearm:
Despite suffering the injury two weeks ago, he promised to play in the Super Bowl.
"I got two weeks to heal up, and I'm going to use every minute of that," Davis said following the NFC Championship Game, per Max Henson of Panthers.com. "Come on, you know me, right? I ain't missing the Super Bowl, you better believe that."
Not only did Davis play in the Super Bowl, but he was also a major factor for the Panthers. On a 3rd-and-short early in the first quarter, he closed in on Denver running back C.J. Anderson and made a big-time tackle to force a punt.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer commented on Davis' resiliency and toughness during the play:
Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane
Amazing to think Thomas Davis is playing with a broken arm and still helped make that third down stop.2016-2-8 00:01:07
Entourage star Jerry Ferrara shared his thoughts on Davis after the game:
Jerry Ferrara @jerryferrara
#repost cannot believe @ThomasDavisSDTM played. #respect https://t.co/Qhv14DDOUd2016-2-8 06:10:32
Although the outcome wasn't in Carolina's favor, Davis showed he's as tough as any other player in the league. By playing and making an impact for his team only two weeks after breaking his arm, he proved what kind of leader he is.
Carolina's defense fought hard in the Super Bowl, and it's safe to say that Davis' toughness played a large role.