Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis can see the handwriting on the wall regarding his reduced role, and as a result he reportedly said the 2018 season will be his last in the NFL.

When Davis suits up for 2018, it will be his 13th season on the field and 14th in the league overall, having missed the entire 2010 season due to injury.

He said Monday, after the Panthers lost an NFC wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints, that he planned to honor the final year of his contract but likely wouldn't be an every-down player as he has been. Backup Shaq Thompson will step into a larger role.

In an interview with, Davis said he will hang up his cleats to spend more time with family. "You just have be able to endure enough to come back from them".

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A first-round pick out of Georgia in 2005, Davis has spent his whole career in Carolina.

He tore his ACL three different times, and he became the first professional athlete to return and play after three ACL tears.

Davis was suspended for one game late in the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams. Over the course of his career Thomas has 1,019 tackles to his credit, along with 28 sacks and 13 interceptions.

The Panthers tweeted a photo of Davis shortly after the report broke, with the caption "respect".

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