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A discussion about future owner David Tepper, backup quarterbacks and Russell Shepard’s release.

Bill Voth, Max Henson and Bryan Strickland discuss first impressions of soon-to-be owner David Tepper, among other things.


1:00 – First impressions of David Tepper

4:15 – How involved will Tepper be on the football side?

8:50 – Backup quarterback c Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey ommentary

19 Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey :32 – Wide recevier Russell Shepard’s release

22:45 – Looking back on the free agent signings ahead of 2017

Listen on iTunes or by clicking ‘play’ below.

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Tight end Ian Thomas is the definition of a late bloomer, but with a little patience he could blossom into a beast.

CHARLOTTE – Ian Thomas wasn’t on the NFL’s radar heading into his senior season at Indiana.

The NFL wasn’t on Thomas’ radar, either.

“It was Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey n’t really in my vision. The first thing was getting a degree, however I could get it,” Thomas said. “Then going through Indiana, I guess I developed into an NFL player. It wasn’t really in my mindset at first.”

Exactly how much of a late bloomer is Thomas?

Well, the rookie tight end, selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, didn’t even appear in a major college media guide – much less a draft-related guide – in any substantive way until around this time last year.

Thomas played at Indiana the past two seasons after two years of junior college, but he didn’t enroll in time to make the Hoosiers’ media guide his first season. The bowl game media guide at the end of his first year did list his name on the roster, but he wasn’t even mentioned in the season in review section for the tight end group.

Finally, prior to last season, his bio first appeared in a media guide, with the Hoosiers’ spring guide featuring the fact that Thomas made two of his three catches in 2016 in Indiana’s bowl game.

Thomas was too busy trying to earn a role at Indiana to think about the NFL. Until…

“I heard it from a couple of my coaches midway through the year, towards the last part of the year,” Thomas said. “After that, I changed my mindset. I need to be a pro.

“I need to be better, eat better, do bett Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey er. After that, my whole everything changed.”

That’s not to say that Thomas wasn’t a Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey  dreamer – just the opposite, in fact. As his well-documented journey reveals, there were other dreams to conscientiously chase before Thomas turned his attention to the NFL.

In a little more than a year, both of his parents died of natural causes before his 10th birthday. Already facing difficult surroundings in Baltimore even with the support of both parents, Thomas avoided being put in the “system” when an older sibling stepped up to become his legal guardian. He graduated from high school, but it seemed like college sports – or really college at all – weren’t in the cards. His high school coach, however, got Thomas a look from the Nassau Community College coach, and Thomas took advantage of another break and developed into one of the nation’s top junior college tight ends over the next two years.

Several schools, including Indiana, took note, but Thomas said he wasn’t quite ready for the Big Ten – academically or athletically. Late in the process he discovered that some of his credits wouldn’t transfer to Indiana, so rather than spending the summer of 2016 getting up to speed on the field, he had to speed up to get eligible just in time for the season (thus his absence from the media guide).

“I ended up needing two more classes, but I was able to take those classes in the summer and got to Indiana right before camp started. That was another stressful thing,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t ready for Big Ten football…but having my family behind me was what pushed me forward. That’s what I had in my mind as I went through.”

Once at Indiana, exposed to a major college strength and conditioning program, Thomas began to develop the prototypical body for the modern NFL tight end. It took him longer to build a body of work that caught the NFL’s collective eye, just as it will take time for him to round into form as a pro.

Some are already tabbing him as the heir apparent to Greg Olsen, but if that ever happens, it will take time. Patience and perseverance have paid off for Thomas before.

“If that time comes, then I’ll have to step up and do what I have to do,” Thomas said during Carolina’s recent rookie minicamp. “But in the meantime, I’m just going to do what I have to do to learn the playbook and just get everything down.”

Grill Bill: Tepper press conference? Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey

Many fans want to know when they’ll first hear from soon-to-be owner David Tepper.

Epic is an overused word, but David Tepper has a truly epic week coming up.

On Sunday, he’ll give the keynote speech during commencement at Carnegie Mellon, where he went to grad school. Two days later, we’ll see him at the owners’ meetings in Atlanta where he could make a statement and answer a question or two after owners vote to ratify the sale.

Because Tepper won’t take over complete ownership until July, I’m not sure he’ll hold a proper press conference before then. He may just conduct a han Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey dful of interviews one outlet at a time. 

I haven’t met him yet, but I’ve watched many of his interviews available online, and not surprisingly, he comes off as extremely smart. He also has a unique ability to talk about extremely complex topics in terms that make sense to those of us who, let’s say, aren’t well-versed in the business world.

And as a fellow native of the north, I very much appreciate his candor.

I can comment, I just don’t get all that caught up in the uniform beat. But sure, since I’m usually in favor of things that advance the ball, I could probably be talked into a refresh. 

We all understand there’s very little to be concerned about with these slotted rookie contracts, right? 

With that said, for guys taken in the top three rounds, there are some nuances like language and structure that could spark conversations between teams and agents.

I’m not sure if that’s what’s happening with Moore, but only nine of this year’s 32 first-round picks have signed. If he still doesn’t have a deal in mid-July, then we’ll have something legit to wonder about. 

Email from Brett: Who’s your early leader in the clubhouse for the UDFA’s who have a decent shot at making the practice squad or 53 man roster? Great to see the Browns on Hard Knocks. My native Avalon, OH father was none to happy but then I told him there was no Hard Knocks curse. It can’t get worse.

When I asked Marty Hurney about UDFAs heading into rookie minicamp, the first name he mentioned was Brendan Mahon. The Charlotte Observer’s Tom Sorensen wrote a nice piece on the former Penn State guard, who should get a long look this summer.  

As far the Browns on “Hard Knocks,” let me ask you this: What could go wrong?

No, because Donte Jackson isn’t a slot corner. At least not yet. 

Understand that defensi Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ve coordinator Eric Washington is very into processes. What that means for Jackson is he first needs to learn outside corner in their system. If and when he does that, they’ll consider giving him some looks in the slot. But Jackson’s beginning his time here as an outside guy who could Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  help inside if he shows a solid understanding of his initial role. 

For now, the nickel battle is between Munnerlyn, Elder and Kevon Seymour

As I wrote in March, that ship has sailed. 

Website submission from Adam in Germany: Hi Bill, how are you? I’m from Germany and I would guess I’m the biggest Panthers fan in this country of 80 million people. I check the Panthers app six times a day and stay awake late in the night for the Panthers games! I’m so proud to be a Panthers fan! Now to my question. Are there other possibilities to get more info about the team other than the app, website and Twitter?

Hallo, Adam. You certainly sound like a die-hard, so I’ll let you in on a secret. This guy’s the brain trust. Just shoot him a DM, but please keep this between us. 

Remember, Kalil was coming off shoulder surgery last offseason and was very limited in the offseason program. This offseason, I don’t think I’ve seen any other player’s car at Bank of America Stadium more often than Kalil’s. 

Because he’s only played 14 games the past two seasons, I understand why many of you are leery about putting too much faith in his availability. But Kalil is still one of the best in the league when he’s out there, and for what it’s worth, he’s doing all he can right now to increase his odds of staying out there. 

It’s really hard to give definitive answers about linemen this time of year because they don’t have pads on. So there’s not much to tell you about Hall either way. I can say it appears he’s filling out his frame better than he was last year at this time. We’ll see if he can put it all together once they get to Spartanburg. 


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The Carolina Panthers announced today that Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey  a definitive agreement has been signed to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and presi Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey dent of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P. and a well-known philanthropist.  

“Bringing the Panthers and the NFL to the Carolinas in 1993 was enormously fulfilling for Rosalind and me and all of our partners,” founder Jer Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ry Richardson said. “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support over the last 25 years. You have taken the Panthers into your hearts and made them part of this warm and supportive community.  We want to thank all of our past and present players, coaches and staff for their hard work in making the Panthers a great success both on the field and in the community.  The personal relationships we have enjoyed have been very meaningful to us.

“I look forward to turning the stewardship of the Panthers over to David Tepper. I have enjoyed getting to know him in this process and am confident that he will provide the organization with great leadership in both its football and community initiatives. I wish David and his family the very best as they enter this exciting new phase of their lives.”

Tepper, a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2009, said, “I am thrilled to have been selected to be the next owner of the Carolina Panthers. I have learned a great deal about the community and the team over the past several months and look forward to becoming part of the Carolinas. I want to thank Jerry Richardson and the other Panthers partners for all they have done to establish and develop the NFL in the Carolinas. It has been a remarkable 25-year journey and I promise to bui Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ld upon the Panthers’ success on the field and in the community.”

Subject to NFL approval, the transaction is expected to close in July 2018. 

Whiz kid Taylor Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey Moton hoping to pass left guard test

The 2017 second-round pick has four months to take over Andrew Norwell’s spot.

CHARLOTTE — Because they’re behemoths who usually don’t say much, offensive linemen get a bum rap. But they can be some of the smartest guys in the room. 

Take Taylor Moton, for ex Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ample. 

Before he became a 2017 second-round pick, the 6-foot- Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey 5, 325-pounder had already earned a degree in accounting at Western Michigan and had started working toward a master’s in business.

Smarts like those can be a big help in Moton’s chosen profession. They’re especially handy for his current role, which he described as “just bouncing around, for the most part.” 

“You’ve got to learn how to understand concepts,” Moton continued. “You have to memorize certain looks, but if you understand the concept of what the whole offensive line’s doing, it makes it easier for me to just plug in wherever I’m going. I just know the more you can do in this profession, especially on the offensive line, the better.”

When Jacksonville made Andrew Norwell the league’s highest-paid guard, many assumed Moton would just slide into the vacancy. That wasn’t the Panthers’ plan, though. They targeted a number of interior linemen in the draft who could fill their “question mark at left guard.” If they had landed one, Moton most likely would have stayed at swing tackle in 2018. But since the board didn’t fall the Panthers’ way, Moton has a golden opportunity to take over Norwell’s spot. 

“It is different playing guard, for sure,” Moton said. “I know I’ve had more experience playing tackle, especially playing mostly tackle last year. But I don’ Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey t like to think I’m naturally better at one or the other. I think naturally I’m just an offensive lineman. 

“Through this whole offseason I’ve been doing so much of both, I feel like I can do either one. I think the OTA practices coming up will be good for me getting to go against some of the best defensive tackles in the league.”

And that’s really the point of a lot of this. Veteran Amini Silatolu may be getting the bulk of first-team left guard reps, but the position battle is far from over. You can almost say it hasn’t even begun. We’ll learn a little more when the offense and defense finally get to line up against each other beginning next week and continuing through mandatory veteran minicamp in mid-June. But it’s still nearly impossible to judge linemen until they put pads on, and that won’t happen until training camp. 

So for now, Moton will continue to put his off-the-field education on hold because there’s more pressing business to tend to. 

“I think at some point down the line I want to get a master’s. May work toward a CPA,” he said. “I hav Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey en’t really given it much thought cause really all I’ve been thinking about is doing what I can to be successful in football.

“(The left guard opening) is definitely an opportunity for me. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to give myself the best shot.”

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CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have signed four invited tryouts from last weekend’s rookie minicamp. To make room for all four, Carolina waived cornerback Zack Sanchez, a fifth-round pick in 2016, with an injury designation.

Here’s a closer look at each of the tryouts added to the roster:

WR Bug Howard (6-4, 220)

The former Tar Heel was signed by the Colt Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey s as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 draft but was released prior to the start of regular season. He then spent time on the Browns’ practice squad. Howard finished his college career with 146 catches for 2,048 yards and 18 touchdowns, eight of which he recorded as a senior.

“It’s a great feeling to come out here and feel at home and be comfortable,” Howard said following the last minicamp practice. “If you’re somewhere across the country in California or Seattle, you’re like, ‘Where do I fit in?’ Here you already have kind of a fan base that watched North Carolina football. So it feels good here.”

C Kyle Friend (6-0, 295)

A four-year starter at Temple, Friend spent some time on the Jets’ practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2016. There he learned from seven-time Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold before landing on Pittsburgh’s practice squad behind six-time Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey last season. Friend now joins a room in Carolina that includes five-time Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil.

“Every other team I’ve been at I’ve been around Pro Bowl guys,” Friend said, “and I’ve been able to pick something up from every one of them. So I’m sure I’ll be able to learn something from him, too.”

G Quinterrius Eatmon (6-6, 315)

The hulking lineman was listed as a guard fo Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey r rookie minicamp, but head coach Ron Rivera referred to him as a tackle at the conclusion of the camp. Eatmon started games at right tackle and at both guard spots for South Florida but hasn’t had many opportunities since his senior year there in 2014.

Eatmon was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Raiders in 2015 and played in two preseason games. Since then, his game experience consists of two games at tackle with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2017. The Alabama native won a state championship in high school, and South Carolina was among the schools to offer him a scholarship before he chose USF, where he started 46 games.

DE Karter Schult (6-3, 260)

After going undrafted in 2017, the Northern Iowa product was signed by the Browns and later cut before the start of the regular season. Schult, who won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the Football Championship Subdivision after leading the nation with 17 sacks in 2016, totaled 31 sacks in his final two collegiate seasons.

“I’m very surprised (to not be in the NFL),” Schult told The (Iowa) Gazette prior to the start of minicamp. “It’s not always fair. Obviously I wish it would have went better but I wasn’t ready to give up on it so that’s why I’m in (this) situation now. I think being a year older, wiser, with more experience definitely works into my favor.”

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CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have released wide receiver Russell Shepard.

Shepard, signed to a three-year contract last offseason, came in as a special teams standout showing signs of developing into a reliable receiver following four seasons with the Buccaneers.

He flashed in the season opener, scoring Carolina’s first touchdown of the year on a 40-yard reception, but that proved his lone touchdown of the season to go with 17 catch Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey es for 202 yards. Shepard did finish second on the team with seven special teams tackles.

“It was fun while it lasted,” Shepard wrote on Instagram. “Thanks for the opportunity, Panthers. Excited to see what’s next.”

The Panthers have lo Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey aded up at receiver this offseason, selecting DJ Moore in the first round of the draft, trading for Torrey Smith and signing free agent Jarius Wright.

Kyle Allen Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey “rolls the dice” on sticking in NFL

Once the top-ranked quarterback in his recruiting class, Allen was a backup when he opted to turn pro and is now seeking a backup role with Panthers.

CHARLOTTE – Coming out of high school, quarterback Kyle Allen no doubt envisioned himself ultimately attending the NFL Draft – just not under the circumstances that he did.

“It was a cool weekend all the way around,” Allen said. “I was in Dallas with Sam (Darnold) and Josh (Rosen) because those are two of my good friends.”

Allen was there when Darnold went third overall to the Jets and Rosen went 10th to the Cardinals, but he didn’t hear his name called in the first or any other round.

“I knew if I went it would be later,” Allen said, “but I knew I was probably going to go undrafted.”

Undrafted but undeterred, Allen signed as a college free agent with the Panthers and took part in their rookie minicamp last weekend. Out of high school he couldn’t have imagined being relegated to a backup role, but now he’d love nothing more than to earn an opportunity as a reserve in Carolina.

“Tryin Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey g to make the roster is the first goal, but of course it’s super early in camp so I’m just trying to get ready for OTAs,” Allen said. “For me, I thought either way was going to be a roll of the dice – coming here where I could get cut or going back (to college) and maybe not getting to play again.

“I just wanted to bet on myself.”

A lot of people were betting on Allen out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., when in 2013 tabbed him as the nation’s best pro-style quarterback and the seventh-best prospect regardless of position in his recruiting class. Scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama and Ohio State rolled in, with Allen eventually deciding to attend Texas A&M.

Tabbed in 2014 as a contender along with returning reserve Kenny Hill to take over for Johnny Manziel, Allen did just that midway through the season when he wrestled the job away from Hill. In his second start, Allen led the Aggies to a 41-38 victory that wrecked the playoff hopes of a third-ranked Auburn team that featured Cameron Artis-Payne at running back.

Allen ended the season with a five-touchdown performance in the Liberty Bowl to enter 2015 as the clear starter, but after a 5-0 start and a top-10 ranking crumbled with losses to Alabama and Ole Miss, Allen was benched.

“That was tough, especially because I was so young at that time and I had never known not playing,” Allen said. “It took me a couple of weeks, but I’ve always been a guy who has just wanted to win. I just wanted to get whoever was playing ready to play the game. I had been there the longest, so I was trying to help everyone in that room.”

Allen started a couple more games down the stretch, but before the Aggies’ bowl game he announced his intention to transfer. After sitting out a year at the University of Houston he began last season as the Cougars’ starter, but after three games he was replaced. After the season, with a year of eligibility remaining, Allen declared for the NFL Draft.

“I’d rather come out here and try to prove it against these guys that I played against the last four years,” he said. “For me my goal has always been to get to this point where I am right now, where I’m in the NFL, on a team with a chance to make a roster.

“The situation is a good one here in Charlotte. The coaching staff has been awesome so far.”

Allen said one other team was interested in signing him after the draft, but at his pro day, Allen made a connection with quarterbacks coach Scott Turner that put him on a path toward the Panthers. The coaches got to see lots of Allen in action as the top quarterback at the rookie minicamp.

“He’s learning a new system and his teammates are learning a new system. He did some good things,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He’s a very bright kid – that’s the first thing you learn as you hear him calling his huddles. That’s a huge plus.

“He does have a good skill set, and he’s very smart. That bodes well for him in terms of his opportunity.”

Opportunity knocks. Rivera said if he had to pick a “leader in the clubhouse” for Cam Newton‘s primary backup, he’d go with Garrett Gilbert, who signed as a street free agent last March and split 2017 between the practice squad and 53-man roster. Carolina also has Taylor Heinicke, claimed off waivers from the Texans a month ago.

The “clubhouse” could get more crowded sometime this offseason with the Panthers still having the option of adding a veteran, but right now Allen is in the running. At this point, that’s all he can ask for coming off a rocky college career.

“The ups and downs – I woul Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey dn’t change it,” he said. “Everyone asks me if I would change it. I wouldn’t because it’s made me who I am.”

Talkat Blue Jays Custom Jersey ive rookie Donte Jackson not short on confidence

Second-round pick is already reminding Ron Rivera of the last loquacious cornerback that played in Carolina.

CHARLOTTE – The last cornerback who talked a lot around here believed he could morph himself into the Dark Knight.

Two seasons removed from Josh Norman, it appears the Panthers have finally found a replacement. As a yapper, at least. 

“I talk,” second-round cornerback Donte Jackson after Friday’s rookie minicamp. “But I don’t really do the superhero thing.

“I wake up like this. Just a natural edge. Like Beyoncé said, ‘She woke up like that.’”

Moments later, as Ron Rivera began his session with the media, Carolina’s head coach wondered aloud:

“Did  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey he just quote Beyoncé?”

Indeed. You must have missed when Jackson dropped some Cardi B before practice, Coach. 

“He is a personality. He’s got a lot of confidence,” Rivera continued. “You see it on the field. You see it when you talk to him. You watch it in his gait, the way he carries himself. That’s the type of attitude you have to have if you want to play in this league. You have to have a certain type of swagger.

“Josh Norman had it. He had it from Day One. You guys saw it. He struggled a little bit, but because of his swagger, he was able to bring himself back. Well, this young man’s got something.”

That he does. But words eventually lose their effect if a guy can’t play. The Panthers believe Jackson can. Not surprisingly, so does he. 

“Guys who play with that fire and who talk about it – that’s just something that I feel like every DB should have that type of attitude,” Jackson said. “Some people call it cocky. Some people call it arrogant. I just call it playing DB.”

To be fair, he also calls it cocky. It’s actually the only word he uses to describe himself in his Twitter bio. 

Asked to compare himself to corners in the pros, Jackson mentioned Norman, the Rams’ Marcus Peters and perhaps the gutsiest of any talkers these days, Ja Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey cksonville’s Jalen Ramsey. 

“He lets you know what he’s about to do and he lets you know after he do it,” Jackson said. “It’s fun. I feel like playing secondary. It’s funner that way. When you’re out there competing – talk about it. Let them know.”

Perhaps you’re thinking right about now that this is a lot of bluster for a guy with exactly zero pro snaps under his belt. But we can probably all agree it’s something the Panthers’ secondary has been badly missing in the post-Norman era.  

“It instills confidence. A little esprit de corps helps go a long way because other guys will feel it and they’ll feed off it,” Rivera said. “Even though he’s a rookie, if he goes out and makes some plays, people feed off that.”

Again, that ‘if’ is significant. The talking is fun now, but it could turn into nothing but noise if the slight Jackson struggles against NFL offenses. 

Of course, that’s not something he’s worried about. 

“I play with confidence. I’m going to talk about it. Walk it like I talk it,” said Jackson, who was then asked if this ‘swagger’ was something he learned. 

“Nah,” he replied. “I was born with it.”

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In honor of Mother’s Day, read about Greg Olsen’s mom, Jerricho Cotchery’s wife and a superfan’s supermom.

In honor of Mother’s Day, read about Greg Olsen’s mom, Jerricho Cotchery’s wife and a how a son fell in love with the Panthers because of his mom’s love for Carolina.

Susan Olsen: Greg Olsen’s #1 Fan

Greg Olsen’s mom Susan has watched a lot of sports — and not just because her three so Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ns were talented athletes from a young age. She was a gym teacher up in New Jersey, who Greg described as “the center core of our family since we were little kids.”

Now that the NFL veteran has three kids of his own, you’ll still see Susan supporting her family in any way she can. She’ll be packing goody bags for families at Levine Children’ Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap s Hospital, wearing her Olsen jersey around town or even interview No. 88 on the red carpet at NFL Honors.

“Still to this day,” Greg said, “she is one of our biggest fans.”

Greg is one of Sue’s biggest fans as well. He started “Receptions for Research” after her courageous battle with breast cancer and together in 2017 they raised $100,000 for cancer research.

Mercedes Cotchery: The anchor of the family

Former Panthers wide receiver and current assistant coach Jerricho Cotchery, earned the nickname “Clutchery” during his playing time for being someone you could count on in high-pressure situations.

Who is the most clutch person to Jerricho? His wife of 14 years, Mercedes.

“She gives everything,” Jerricho said.

Mercedes’ outstanding work ethic didn’t just come after they adopted their five children. It was always there. Being an NFL wife, Mercedes had de Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey monstrated her resiliency to handle tough situations through the constant changes of cities and life on the road. All of this prepared Mercedes to lead her family through their next challenge.

“My wife brought up adoption, it was foreign in my own mind,” Jerricho said.

Mercedes and Jerricho are the proud parents of Jacey, Nicholas, Joshua, Journey and Nile.

“Every single day I learn something new about the people they’re becoming, about myself, and I see the world a little brighter,” Mercedes wrote on her blog.

Now that their kids are a little older, it has been odd to see their dad without pads and a helmet.

“Daddy coaches now…” Jerricho reminds them. And his current job is still pretty cool.

“They are extremely excited I know the players,” he said laughing.

Loretta To: Superfan and SuperMom

Christopher Harling is Panthers fan because of his mom Loretta.

Loretta moved from Hong Kong to Charlotte in the late 80’s. She was just learning to understand American football and was elated when her new adopted city was granted an NFL team in 1995.

Christopher was born in 1996 and Loretta made sure she raised a Panthers fan.

“As I got older, we would try to attend the Fan Fest, Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  my first one being in 2006,” he said. “Each year as I got closer to the players and coaches, the more I felt like part of the team.”

As Christopher’s love for the Panthers grew, so did Loretta’s.

She is now a vivacious member of the Roaring Riot and keeps up to date on any and all things Panthers from social media.

“She is the definition of a strong independent woman,” Christopher said of his mom.