Excerpt: "Thomas Davis text-messaged Terrell Thomas weekly during the 2012 NFL season.
Davis, the Panthers linebacker, was doing exactly what Thomas, the Giants cornerback, was imagining: returning from a third ACL surgery on the same knee.
And not just returning. By the end of last season, Davis was a starting weak-side linebacker again, playing every defensive snap, racking up tackle totals that were impressive by any standard.
Davis knew his success would be inspiring and motivating to Thomas, who was rehabbing in California and New Jersey after losing yet another season. So, Davis sent weekly updates to his friend, whom he met last spring at the Pro Athletes Outreach conference for Christian athletes.
"I had 16 tackles this week against Tampa Bay," Davis would write. Or, "Each week that goes by, my leg is feeling stronger and stronger." Read more...