Panthers LB Davis looks to bounce back from snub

By STEVE REEDAP Sports Writer

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says it isn't enough that he had the most productive season of his nine-year NFL career in 2013 after tearing the ACL in his right knee three times.

He wants more.

The 31-year-old Davis is still stinging from being passed over for his first Pro Bowl after posting a career-high 123 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the league's No. 2-ranked defense in 2013.

Davis, entering his ninth season, says he's using the perceived snub as motivation, saying "Obviously the league doesn't know about me yet. So my goal going into this season is to earn the respect of the league. I know that I have to be better than I was last year because obviously last year wasn't good enough."

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