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.