2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 Reasons Why Carolina Panthers’ Thomas Davis Deserved More Votes
2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 Reasons Why Thomas Davis Deserved More Votes
Thomas Davis knows what it's like to be overlooked.
After recovering from three knee surgeries, Davis was overshadowed by Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson for Comeback Player of the Year. This season, he has not only played second fiddle alongside Luke Kuechly, but he's also been left out of the Pro Bowl despite being one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
Davis has been sensational this season and is a big reason why the Carolina Panthers are in the postseason. He has 123 combined tackles, two interceptions, four sacks and a forced fumble. He and the Pro Bowler Kuechly make up the best linebacker duo in the entire league, and are the heart and soul of a top-rated defense.
The journey that got Davis to where he is now is one of the most inspiring stories you'll see in sports. His first injury came in 2009 where his team was coincidentally also 12-4. He ended up re-aggravating it that very same offseason, forcing him to miss the 2010 season as well. The same went for the 2011 season, and many thought his career would have been over by the second injury, let alone the third. However, Davis managed to come back in the 2012 season and somehow regained his form. Now, he is part of a Panthers team that is heading into the playoffs with a first-round bye.
It's shocking that a player of his caliber would be left in the cold. Unfortunately, however, the Pro Bowl tends to be a popularity contest rather than a true celebration of the best players. With that in mind, here are five reasons why he deserved more Pro Bowl votes:
5. He's a Top Player on a Top Defense
Ultimately, Davis has proven that his play has counted for more than just stats. His team is a top-three defensive unit, and Davis is a big reason why.
4. His Stats Are Better Than Those Of The People Who Got In
Let's compare Ahmad Brooks to Thomas Davis. Brooks had 4.5 more sacks, but Davis had more than double the tackles and one more interception than Brooks did. Simply put, Davis had a better overall season and should have been the one going instead of Brooks.
3. He's versatile
The fact that he is able to get stats across the board only validates his versatility and skill. Fans should have understood this instead of just looking at who had the most sacks.
2. He's a Role Model
Aside from being an exceptional player off the field, Davis is a high character guy. The Pro Bowl should be about the best players on and off the field, and it would've been nice to see him get more votes than troublemakers at different positions such as Dez Bryant and LeSean McCoy.
1. He has Overcome Much More than Most
The story I mentioned should carry some weight in the voting. It would definitely show appreciation for how far Davis has come since his surgeries.