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Thomas Davis Wants a Super Bowl Ring for Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson

Thomas Davis

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis desperately wants a Super Bowl ring and he wants a ring for owner Jerry Richardson, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports.

“At this point, it’s really not even about me anymore,” Davis said Monday as the Panthers prepared for Thursday’s season-opening Super Bowl rematch at Denver. “My goal and my whole reasoning for playing as hard as I can right now – knowing that really when you get to 12 years, time is starting to wind down – is we want to put on a Super Bowl ring on Mr. Richardson’s finger. That is a promise I made to him. And I’m trying to stay true to that promise.”

Davis had not spoken publicly of this promise before, but he decided it was time to reveal it on Monday. He and Richardson have had an unusually close relationship for the past dozen years. Davis was raised by a single mother in Georgia. Richardson, 80, has long been a father figure in Davis’s life.

The Panthers owner made Davis a promise as well after that third ACL tear, the injury that almost made Davis quit: If Davis wanted to go through the rehab one more time, Carolina would make sure to find a place for him on the roster.

“When you look at Mr. Richardson and what he’s been and what he’s done for me as a player, that’s the only thing that he doesn’t have,” Davis said. “That’s the only thing that he’s missing. As a player who’s been here as long as I’ve been here, you want to be part of the group that brings that to him. Knowing that he was the person who believed in me, that said he was giving me another shot after everything I went through personally, it’s definitely something I want to be part of.”

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