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Panthers are enjoying Super Bowl week

The Panthers are enjoying the hectic pace of Super Bowl week. Plus other thoughts from Houston.

Updated: January 30, 2004, 3:49 PM ET
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine

HOUSTON -- The private elevator was crammed. The Carolina Panthers had just finished practice in Houston and players were still piling out of their buses, past heavy hotel security and into elevators, eager for some down time away from the game prep and hype of Super Bowl XXXVIII. Behind me was Steve Smith. The excitable wideout who never stands still was bouncing from foot-to-foot, the contents of his backpack shifting with each movement. To my left was gigantic defensive lineman Al Wallace, ...

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