One more year, then he's hanging up the cleats.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis revealed he will retire after the 2018-19 season. Davis has played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Panthers, after getting drafted from the Georgia Bulldogs No. 14 overall in 2005.
Davis' contract is up after 2018. He received a two-year extension before the 2017 season. He told NFL Network that when he signed that extension, he knew he was going to retire when that deal was up.
"It was a no brainer. This is how long they want me for. This is how much time I have to dedicate to this organization to try and win a Super Bowl, and that’s my mind set. I’m trying to win a Super Bowl this year," Davis said.
Davis is a two-time Pro Bowler and was the 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award recipient.
As Davis became one of the team's consistent defenders, the Panthers had consecutive playoff appearances for the first time, winning three NFC South titles from 2013-15. Despite a broken arm and undergoing surgery after the NFC Championship, Davis played in Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The Panthers lost that game to the Denver Broncos. That season, Davis had a career-high 5.5 sacks.
Davis was a three-year letterman at free safety for Georgia from 2002-04. He earned First-team All-SEC in 2004. Under Mark Richt, Davis won the Sugar Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl. He was a part of the 2002 SEC Championship team, as well.
He was inducted to UGA's Circle of Honor in 2017.
Davis is from Shellman, Georgia. He attended Randolph-Clay High School in Cuthbert, Georgia.