Dear Potential Panther Bandwagon Fan,
WELCOME! We are so glad that you have decided to join with us in cheering on our Carolina Panthers. There are some things that you will need to know about our team and our fan base before you decide to join us.
Something you probably noticed right off is our Southern Hospitality. If you have experienced a rude fan of ours here and there, bless their hearts, they are from the North. We love them anyway. However, we have been known to give you a squeeze while walking down the street after your team’s loss. We do care about your feelings because we have been there many times before ourselves.
We are super excited that we are going to Super Bowl 50. It’s been a long, long road for our fairly new team (we’re 20 years old BTW), but our players have earned this and we are dancing in the streets. Speaking of dancing, you may have noticed the celebrations that happen in the end zone. That is due to a little man by the name of Braylon Beam. He’s a pretty neat kid who happens to be battling CANCER. He was made an honorary coach during the pre-season and has seemed to rally our guys so much they consider him to be a good luck charm. Well the dancing came from him. He’s been dancing his way through chemo and has encouraged others to dance along with him including our players. So to make fun of a player dancing in the end zone is the same to making fun of a kid with CANCER.
We love it in the end zone! Did you know that when we get a touchdown, our QB Cam Newton gives a kid in the stands the ball? Almost every kid in Charlotte has a game ball. OK, not really, but isn’t that awesome?
That brings me back to Cam Newton. He’s great and I couldn’t think of a better role model for kids today. Aside from a dumb thing in college (and who didn’t do dumb stuff in college), Cam is very entrenched in our community here in Charlotte. Actually all of them pretty much are. Cam has a foundation, Thomas Davis has a foundation; I think most of them have a foundation. They all give BACK to the community in some way! One Friday night this past September, Cam Newton was invited by another little boy with cancer to come trick or treating early because the doctors didn’t think he would make it to his favorite holiday, Halloween. Cam not only showed up but he brought with him an ice cream truck and went trick or treating. Sadly, this fellow Panther fan did pass away not too long after.
You may have heard recently that all full-time employees (including interns) of the Carolina Panthers are going to Super Bowl 50 on the owner of our team, Jerry Richardson. But did you know that Mr. Richardson wanted our team and our stadium to reflect both Carolinas so he shipped in dirt from all the counties in NC and SC to the construction sight of what is now Bank of America Stadium so that our pride could extend from the mountains to the coast. That Carolina pride is also found in our team logo. The shape of both NC and SC make up the head and body of the Panther.
Mr. Richardson’s commitment to the Carolinas is so strong that in the wake of the Charleston Church shootings, he did not want the families of the victims to have to worry about funeral expenses in the wake of that horrific tragedy.
There are so many other great things I can tell you about our team but let me lastly explain our team cheer #KEEPPOUNDING. Keep Pounding has become a team mantra in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coach, Sam Mills. Mills first used the phrase “Keep Pounding” as a coach in an emotional speech to the team prior to the Panthers’ playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 2, 2004. He spoke about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Mills asked the players to “Keep Pounding.” Sadly Sam Mills passed away after a brave battle with cancer. His spirit and the spirit of Keep Pounding continues on not only on game day but it also encourages cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones to always “Keep Pounding” to overcome obstacles in their lives. So again, to make fun of our cheer is the same thing as making fun of people with CANCER.
Again, we are excited you have chosen to join our bandwagon. We hope to make you a fan for life! Be respectful, be nice, roast the other team a little but in the end just KEEP POUNDING!