Thomas Davis announces 2020 will be his final NFL season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
After 16 NFL seasons, Thomas Davis is hanging up the cleats.
The 37-year-old linebacker announced on Tuesday in an Instagram post that the 2020 NFL season would be his final one.
"This weekend will be my last regular season football game ever," Davis wrote.
This was no ordinary retirement post from the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, however. The picture Davis used to announce he would be stepping away from football after this season was one of custom cleats that he plans to wear on Sunday night.
And, they're quite sweet.
Davis' cleats, which are a custom version of the famous Air Jordan 1's, represent the linebacker's incredible journey over the past decade and a half.
On his left shoe, Davis has the words "3 ACL tears, 3 ACL recoveries" written, documenting the trio of times he's recovered from the gruesome leg injury that derails many athlete's careers.
A remarkable part of Davis' journey is that the best football of his career came after all three injuries. Davis made the Pro Bowl for three straight seasons from 2015-2017, including a first-team All-Pro nod in 2015.
On the right shoe, Davis has a picture of Walter Payton with "2014" written under it, representing when he earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his outstanding volunteer and charity work. Davis also has a patch on the shoe for when he won the Bart Starr Award in 2016, earned by his leadership abilities.
The cleats are also a mix of multiple different colors, representing the color schemes of the Panthers, Chargers and Washington Football Team, the three franchises he played for.
"Sometimes things can happen that cause you to feel unworthy, just know that No man can steal what God had already planned for your life!" Davis wrote. "I’m extremely blessed and thankful for every opportunity that I’ve earned because nothing is ever given to you! You work your butt off and you pray that God’s plan aligns with yours!"
After 14 seasons in Carolina and one with the Chargers, Davis signed with Washington this past offseason, reuniting with former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.
The linebacker has played a limited role for Washington's defense in his lone season with the team but has been a great veteran presence for a young team looking to build a solid culture.
Davis' final regular-season game is a big one for Washington, as they clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Whenever Washington's season does come to a close, Davis can look back fondly on his NFL career knowing he made a big impact, both on and off the field.