Every year since 2005, the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) awards one player with the Good Guy award. This year was the first time a Carolina Panthers player won the award when it was announced Thomas Davis was the winner.
The award is "given to a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs." ESPN's David Newton said about Thomas Davis:
“Thomas Davis exudes professionalism not only on the field, but in the locker room dealing with reporters. He’s candid and honest. He says what he thinks. He doesn’t hide behind clichés or sugar-coated responses when discussing something that might be construed as controversial. He also doesn’t respond to topics that may be controversial in a disrespectful or outlandish way. You can’t ask for more than that.”
Davis has won a number of these awards over the past year and half including the "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year handed out by the NFLPA, the Bart Starr Award handed out by the NFL and last offseason was named the recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
All these awards speaks to the character of Davis but he has also been recognized for his play on the field by being selected to his first Pro Bowl this year as well as being named to First-team All-Pro.
Davis has been a consistent force for this defense with four straight seasons with 100+ tackles. He also played in his first Super Bowl this past year, even though suffering a broken arm two weeks prior in the NFC Championship Game. At 33 years of age, Davis does not look to be slowing down anytime soon.