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There’s a great story out of Charlotte on Wednesday morning. Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in The Charlotte Observer.
That act alone scores him points in my eyes. These are tough times for all newspapers and I’m happy to see anyone pay good money to a newspaper where I used to work and still have many friends.
But this gesture goes way beyond helping the economy. More importantly, Kalil’s ad sends a very strong message to fans. You can view the whole ad here.
The short version is this: Kalil’s ad says the Panthers will win the Super Bowl this season. Then, he goes on and explains why and Kalil has some pretty impressive writing skills, which he can fall back on if he ever gets tired of playing the offensive line. But it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen anytime soon because Kalil has other goals in mind.
“A moment is upon us, where dreams become beliefs and yearning becomes conviction,’’ Kalil wrote. “How do I know? Because I’ve seen it.’’
Kalil then briefly runs through the franchise’s history and says this is the year the Panthers do something they’ve never done before. He sees only one way for this season to end.
“One-hundred percent sterling silver victory,’’ Kalil wrote. “The Lombardi Trophy. And it reads: CAROLINA PANTHERS – SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS.’’
I like how Kalil thinks. The Panthers certainly appear to be a team on the rise. Their fans, who’ve had a few rough years recently, have very high hopes for this season.
Kalil has grown into one of the leaders of this team. I don’t view his act as a Joe Namath “guarantee." I view it as a very positive way to fire up fans and teammates as the Panthers get ready to head to training camp.