Thomas Davis has been a veteran presence for the Washington Football Team this season. The 16-year veteran’s relationship with head coach Ron Rivera was why he joined the team, helping him change this franchise’s culture inside the locker room.
The linebacker took to Instagram Wednesday to announce that he will be retiring at the end of the season. His career has been remarkable, as he has had to overcome many obstacles throughout. The Washington Football team has the opportunity to make his career end on a high note with the perfect retirement gift.
Thomas Davis has had an incredible career
Davis was a first-round pick out of Georgia in 2005. During his time at Georgia, he played both linebacker and safety. His speed made him a hybrid player, and he was one of the top safety prospects that year. With the fifteenth pick, the Carolina Panthers selected Davis. They switched him from safety to linebacker, where he excelled.
Adversity hit Davis over and over again throughout his career. After he racked up over 100 tackles in 2008, he suffered a torn ACL in 2009. Davis suffered two more ACL tears, something that he noted in his post on Instagram. He fully recovered from all three ACL injuries, showing his diligence and perseverance. He also played one season for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Thomas Davis spent the majority of his career with the Carolina Panthers. His best years came when he was alongside Luke Kuechly. The two formed one of the better linebacker duos in the NFL, anchoring a stout Carolina defense. Davis was a Pro Bowl selection for three straight seasons spanning from 2015-2017. In 2015, he received a first-team All-Pro selection.
The impact Davis made on the field was significant, but his impact off the field was even more significant. His volunteer and charity work has been well documented, earning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2014. He was also a recipient of the Bartt Star Award in 2016 because of his exceptional leadership abilities. Davis’ career has been a great one, and it might not end after this week.
The Washington Football Team can extend Thomas Davis’ career
Thomas Davis has had a limited role in his one season with Washington. He has appeared in seven games, receiving 132 snaps per ESPN. He has six total tackles, five solo, and one assist. Davis’ presence on the team is more of a veteran mentor, helping the young players grow, specifically on defense. His impact is noticeable, as Washington has become one of the best defenses in the NFL.
The Washington Football team can help Davis end his career as a champion. They have a big game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. The division title is on the line, as Washington can win the division by defeating the Eagles. That would be a great retirement gift for Davis, as he would celebrate one last division championship. The party wouldn’t stop there, though.
With that division championship, Washington would also clinch a playoff berth. They would hold the fourth-seed, guaranteeing their playoff game is at home. Washington wouldn’t be the favorite to make the Super Bowl, but anything can happen in the NFL postseason. With their stout defense, they can run the table in the playoffs.
Thomas Davis retirement cleats are awesome
Davis commemorated his outstanding career by having custom cleats made for him. The cleats are custom Air Jordan 1’s, and they document the highs and lows of his NFL journey. Maroon, yellow, black, grey, and powder blue are the colors on the cleats, representing the three teams he played for (Panthers, Chargers, and Washington).
Davis has the words “3 ACL Tears. 3 ACL Recoveries,” written on the upper part of the left shoe. That is recognizing not only his three ACL injuries but his ability to rehab and fully recover from all three. No. 58, the number he wore his entire career, is placed on both shoes’ heels.
He also made sure to celebrate the awards he earned on his new cleats. He has a patch of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award trophy on the right one, with 2014 next to it. There is also a patch of the Bart Starr Award with 2016 next to that. The Pro Bowl logo is on the bottom of the left cleat with the number three, signifying the number of times he was selected. Lastly, he put his 2015 first-team All-Pro nod on the inside of the left cleat.
Thomas Davis has played in 199 games, entering what could be the final one of his career. He has 1,151 tackles, 29 sacks, 18 forced fumbles, and 13 interceptions for his career. The Washington Football Team can give Davis’ career a one-game extension if they handle business against the Eagles.
All stats courtesy of ESPN