Panthers LB Davis still draws motivation from Richt

Thomas Davis

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis suffered a broken arm in the NFC championship game rout of the Arizona Cardinals, but he has vowed that he will play in Super Bowl 50.

Last week, Davis said he was drawing inspiration from something he learned while he played at Georgia. He mentioned a message that then-Bulldogs coach Mark Richt used to tell the team: “Finish the drill.”

“He (Richt) had one simple message and the message was ‘finish the drill,’ and that’s all he needs to say,” Davis said. “I understand what that means and guys that played for him know what that means. I’ll live the rest of my life by that mantra.”

Davis did not practice last week and Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the staff continue to monitor Davis’ status this week. If Davis cannot go, A.J. Klein would start in his place.

Davis mentioning Richt this deep into his pro career — this is his 11th NFL season — is a testament to what most of his former players have said about Richt: He has a positive impact on his players.

Davis is joined on the Panthers’ roster by two other former Bulldogs: center Fernando Velasco and defensive end Charles Johnson.

There are 22 players from SEC schools playing in the game, with 12 of them Panthers.

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