Georgia Great Thomas Davis Receives Prestigious Honor From High School Alma Mater

Georgia Great Thomas Davis Receives Prestigious Honor From High School Alma Mater

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Georgia Great Thomas Davis Receives Prestigious Honor From High School Alma Mater



Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis received a prestigious honor this week from his high school alma mater of Randolph-Clay.  

Former Georgia safety Thomas Davis, a first round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, has accumulated a long list of impressive accomplishments throughout his football career.

This week, the decorated Georgia native received even more recognition, as his old high school football stadium was named in his honor at Randolph-Clay High School in Shellman, Georgia.

Davis, who basically played half the positions on the field for Randolph-Clay during his high school days, has always stayed true to his roots, continuing to donate, support and hold charitable events in his hometown of Shellman.

“It’s truly an honor to think about being a young kid growing up in Shellman, Georgia.” Davis told WALB. “And living the life that I lived as a young kid to grow up to become this and have this right now, it just really speaks to how amazing God is.”

While at Randolph-Clay, Davis was a 4-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball and track. On the football field, Davis simply did it all, as he saw time at quarterback, running back, kicker, punter, kick returner, defensive end, defensive back and wide receiver. As a senior, Davis earned Class AA All-State honorable mention by the AJC upon tallying1,032 rushing yards and leading the region in regular season scoring with 108 points.

However, thanks to the limited exposure Davis received as a recruit, he only garnered one division 1 football scholarship: The University of Georgia.

Davis obviously accepted Georgia’s offer and went on to have a stellar collegiate career, becoming a consensus all-American, a first round NFL Draft pick and one of Georgia’s most well-respected alums.

Davis, now entering his 14th season with the Carolina Panthers, has overcome an abundance of obstacles, most notably tearing his ACL in the same knee on three different occasions. For almost everybody, three torn ACLs in the same knee leads to early retirement, but Davis became the first ever player to come back from such a sequence of injuries. Davis’ perseverance, coupled with his charity work with his Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, led to him receiving one of the most prestigious awards in sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Davis on this honor. Both the state of Georgia and the university could not ask for a better representative.

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