Tuesday August 9th, 2016

The one-two punch of Luke Kuechly and Davis has been transcendent for the Panthers. Add in emerging young linebacker Shaq Thompson and an at-times dominant defensive front and ... well, you’ve got yourself the NFC champs. At 33 years old and with 11 NFL years under his belt, Davis is coming off of what may have been his best season yet. If nothing else, he finally received some well-earned recognition, garnering his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro nods (plus the PFWA’s Good Guy Award. Oh, and he played in the Super Bowl with a broken arm.) That he has maintained this level of play is nothing short of remarkable. Remember, Davis’s career was very much in jeopardy after he tore his ACL in 2009, ’10 and ’11. Yet, here we are in 2016, where Davis remains an outstanding coverage linebacker and a consistent 100-tackle-per-year force.

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