Thomas Davis is an NFL ironman.
He tore the same ACL three separates times in three consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2011, but he has been a leader of the Carolina Panthers' defense ever since. There is no doubt he's a tough dude.
But now the 32-year old linebacker could be facing his toughest challenge yet—playing in football's biggest game mere days after undergoing extensive surgery to repair a broken bone in his forearm. Davis suffered the injury in the NFC Championship game, but he's adamant about his desire to play in the Super Bowl. On Monday, he underwent surgery to repair the break. Earlier today, he revealed the full extent of the procedure, telling NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon that he has "a plate and probably around 11 or 12 screws in [his] arm right now."
According to ESPN, Davis will be fitted with a carbon graphite shell to protect his arm during the game. To comply with NFL rules, it will probably have to be covered in foam padding. We can't imagine that playing linebacker will be easy under those circumstances, but if anyone can handle it, it's Davis. If he ends up making big plays and helps the Panthers emerge victorious, he'll cement his status as one of the toughest guys in football history.
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