Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis knows how to give a heart-wrenching speech. CBS News reports that he received the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year award at the NFL Honors show Saturday in Phoenix. Standing feet away from embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Davis called on the NFL to make a positive difference in the world.
Thomas Davis started off by talking about how much the award meant to him.
“So often in my career, I’ve been the guy that came up just short, but receiving this award tonight signifies and capitalizes everything I’ve been able to accomplish. All that I had to go through. To Aaron, Anquan and the 29 other (nominees), you’re all winners.”
Davis went on to say that its time for the NFL to make a difference in the world, instead of being a constant source of scandalous stories for media outlets.
“To the guys in this league, I just want to say to you, let’s take charge. Dare to be different. We are a village. Let’s step up and be a village of guys that make a difference. Let’s change this world. We’re well compensated for what we do. Let’s show these kids how much we care about them. Let’s give the media something positive to talk about instead of bashing our league.”
Thomas Davis’ speech received a standing ovation and comes after a difficult year for the NFL.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Ray Rice touched off a host of NFL scandals when a video showed the running back punching his fiance in the face. The NFL fumbled the consequent investigation, according to an independent investigator, and Roger Goodell faced calls for his resignation.
Hopefully, Thomas Davis’ speech will mark a new beginning for the NFL. The Carolina Panthers certainly liked it.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 1, 2015
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