Thomas Davis is a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. He tore his ACL 2011 for the third time in three years, forcing him to miss a good part of three seasons.
Davis was born on March 22 1983 in Shellman, Georgia. He played high school football at Randolph-Clay High School, a school with only 471 students. Because he played at a small school, he was recruited by a lot of colleges and only received one Division-I scholarship from the University of Georgia.
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
During his collegiate career, he spent time at outside linebacker and at free safety. In 2004, he a consensus First-Team All-American and a member of the All-SEC First-Team.
In three seasons at Georgia, he totaled 272 career tackles, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles, and nine fumble recoveries.
Davis was drafted by the Panthers with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
After stating all 16 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career, Davis tore his ACL for the first time in the 2009 NFL Season. After missing the final nine games of 2009, Davis tore it again prior to the 2010 NFL Season, forcing him to miss the entire season.
Two games into the 2011 NFL Season, Davis tore his for a third time in three years and missed the rest of the season. No player has ever returned to the NFL after tearing their ACL three times.
Davis returned to the field in 2012 and in 2013, he was part of the second-ranked defense in the league. He started all 16 games for the first time since the injuries and finished the season with career highs in tackles (123) and sacks (4) to go along with two interceptions.
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