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Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis Wins Byron "Whizzer" White Award

On Thursday night, the NFLPA announced that Panthers' linebacker was the winner of the Byron "Whizzer" White award.

The Carolina Panthers hope this will be the first of many awards they will win as an organization over the next few days. Thomas Davis was awarded the Byron "Whizzer" White award by the NFLPA and the award goes to the player who goes "above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns."

This certainly describes Thomas Davis, who along with his wife Kelly, have established "Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation" and the Youth Leadership Academy. The academy is a program that "equips middle school age youth with the practical skills needed to become productive, self-fulfilled and achievement-oriented young adults and community leaders."

This is not the first award Davis has won for his off the field contributions as he was named the 2014 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year during Super Bowl weekend last year. He also was named the winner of the Bart Starr Award in January and will be given this award during the Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast this weekend. 

By winning the Whizzer award, Davis will be given $100,000 to put towards the charity of his choice.

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