Thomas Davis Wins 2016 Bart Starr Award

  • by Rich Atkinson
Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. AP Photo/Mike McCarn

Throughout his 11-year NFL career Linebacker Thomas Davis has been known for his perseverance – 3 years in a row he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and battled back from the injury.

This year he broke his right forearm in the NFC Championship game, but he still hopes to play in the Super Bowl.

Davis was recently chosen the recipient of the Bart Starr award, which he will receive during the Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast. The award is given to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field and is voted on by NFL peers. Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Cru, has held the NFL-sanctioned event since 1988. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received the award last year.

“It means a lot to win the Bart Starr award, and hearing that I won it from Mrs. (Cherry) Starr was exciting,” Davis said. “To be recognized for an award that is voted on by my fellow players and carries Mr. Starr’s name speaks volumes. I’m truly honored to be selected.”

Watch the video of Davis receiving the news.