Thomas Davis has torn three ACLs, so he knows when something is wrong.
But even after suffering a broken right arm in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, the Panthers linebacker vowed he wouldn’t miss Super Bowl 50.
“I’ve got two weeks to heal up,” Davis said in the victorious locker room, carefully holding his right arm up with his left hand as he spoke. “Come on, you know me. I ain’t missing the Super Bowl, you know that.”
Of course, there might be a little bravado and adrenaline talking, as Davis admitted he had to consult with doctors tonight to see what the plan of action was. Asked if casting the arm and finishing the game against the Cardinals was an option, he said it wasn’t. When asked if surgery would be required, he shrugged, but insisted he wasn’t bypassing a chance to play in his first Super Bowl.
At varying points he offered guarantees he’d be on the field against the Broncos, and considering what he’s been through in his career, it would be strange to doubt him.
Asked why he was so confident, Davis didn’t blink.
“Because I believe in me,” Davis replied.
And because he’s overcome so much to lead the Panthers to this point, that belief is widespread in the Panthers locker room, too.