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Owner says thanks with full-page ad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson took out a full-page ad in Friday's Charlotte Observer to say thanks to all involved in a turnaround season for the organization.

A nice touch, he did it with a handwritten note on his personal stationery.

Here's what he said:

Thank you Panthers fans, players, coaches and organization for a memorable season.

We fell short of our ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl, but not for a lack of effort. Progress was made and we now have an opportunity to build upon it.

A 12-win season, NFC South championship and a playoff berth have laid the foundation. None of this would have been possible without a complete team effort.

Thank you,

Jerry Richardson