Panthers Davis Mentors Giants Thomas Through 3rd ACL

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers LB Thomas Davis is no longer the only player to recover from three ACLs surgeries on the same knee. Giants CB Terrell Thomas has successfully recovered from 3 ACLs on the same knee and is playing well this season. Little did I know Davis helped Thomas throughout the process.

Davis has met Thomas earlier through a charity event in the offseason. Apparently Davis reached out to Thomas immediately after the most recent injury:

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"It was good for the fact that I knew mentally, physically, financially, everything that I was experiencing, he’s been through and overcame, and it could give me peace of mind," Thomas said this week during a teleconference. "It was great the friendship was already developed, and just his words of wisdom, his encouragement and him reaching out definitely helped me throughout my process."

It really makes you appreciate Davis and the type of person he is. It's no wonder he had the fortitude to comeback from three ACLs and be the inspiration he is.

Davis continued to mentor Thomas throughout the process. It never stopped even up to the Panthers and Giants game earlier this season:

"He was telling me, ‘Make sure when you’re covering this route and you put yourself in that position, you got to take that extra step. You can’t play like you used to because you’ll put your knee in a vulnerable position,’" Thomas recalled. "He literally grabbed me and showed me. That’s just T.D. at his best."

If I was Thomas I would listen like he was EF Hutton. Davis is playing very well in his second season from his last surgery. So well I think he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. Thomas sees what Davis is doing this season and using it for even more motivation:

"I watched his game when they played Minnesota, and he had a lot of tackles and he was flying across the board, and I was like, man, he’s getting back to his old self," Thomas said. "And I really didn’t challenge myself but I said, you know what? You can do that. If he can do it, you can do it."

Thomas needs any additional support he now has Davis' rehab buddy Jon Beason in his locker room. Boy Giants fans should be in debt to us for everything we have given them over the last year.

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