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The new Panthers offensive lineman jumped through some hoops to arrive at Bank of America Stadium on time for the start of offseason workouts.

CHARLOTTE – How important is a first impression?

For 6-foot-9, 360-pound Zach Banner, it’s huge.

The hulking offensive lineman, who was claimed off waivers from the Browns in mid-March, was fired up for the start of Carolina’s offseason workout program. But the weather wasn’t cooperating with Banner’s travel plans from Los Angeles.

His direct flight bound for Charlotte on Sunday was canceled, so he booked a flight that would get him to Charlotte via a connection in Columbus, Ohio.

But moments before landing in Columbus early Sunday evening, the flight crew delivered a troubling message.

“They said, ‘If you’re connecting to Charlotte, check with the flight attendant,’” Banner recalled. “I was mad. I knew that might mean bad weather.”

Sure enough, stor Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey ms that ravaged the Charlotte area grounded that flight, too, leaving Banner with two options if he wanted to make it for the start of workouts Monday morning: take another flight headed to Charlotte at 4:30 a.m., or rent a car and hit the road.

“I decided I  Custom Angels Jersey was going to just drive,” Banner said. “I looked it up on my phone and saw it was like seven hours. I’ve never driven that far before.”

So Banner rented a Kia Soul, which he calls a “hamster car” (you might remember these commercials). He had just enough leg room to squeeze his massive frame into the driver’s seat.

“I was on the road from about 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.,” Banner said. “It was raining pretty hard, but it wasn’t a superhero thing. It was just an obstacle.”

After getting a couple hours of sleep, Banner reported to Bank of America Stadium no worse for wear.

And perhaps earned a couple points along the way.

“It was a huge first impression deal for me,” said Banner, who was originally drafted in the fourth round by the Colts in 2017. “Coach (Ron) Rivera looked at me and said, ‘I heard you had some troubles last night; thanks for being here.’ That showed that I earned a little bit of respect. Coach (John) Matsko was calling me throughout Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  the night making sure it was going OK. To be a second-year guy who has already been on two different teams, you have to accept the opportunity. I’m really happy to be here. I’ve been ecstatic ever since (I was claimed). I love this place. I’m grateful to be in this situation. I don’t want to let this go to waste. This was all in my control.

“I’m really tired,” he added with a deep breath, “but I feel really good.”

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This week’s podcast featu Custom MLB Jersey For Sale res the return of Bryan Strickland for a discussion about Thomas Davis‘ suspension and more draft talk.

1:20 – Bryan’s very real fear of public speaking

3:18 – Preseason schedule released!

5:40 – Reaction to Thomas Davis’ four-game suspension

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10:55 – Taking a look at mini mock drafts from Mel Kiper and Bucky Brooks

19:53 – What about a wide r Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap eceiver for Carolina in Round One?

Listen on iTunes or by clicking ‘play’ below.

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A look at how the position groups stack up relative to each other and to the Panthers’ perceived roster needs.

Allow me to digress before I dig in.

With the 2018 NFL Draft approaching, Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange  I had an idea for a unique way to provide a position-by-position look at what’s to come. Long story short, I averaged data from three opinion pieces out there about which position groups are strongest and which are weakest in the draft. Then fellow writers Max Henson and Bill Voth provided a need-based position pecking order from the Panthers’ perspective, which I paired with my personal order and averaged as well.

It got convoluted quick, as the differences of opinion on how the position groups stack up against each other were striking. By comparison, we Panthers.com fellas were on the same page with team needs.

So anyway, I crunched both sets of numbers together and came up with an order that pairs the perceived strengths of the draft with the perceived weaknesses of Carolina’s current roster. And surprisingly, it all added up to make more sense than I would have ever guessed it would.

I’ll spare you the numbers themselves, but I present – in ascending order – how the positions shake out as the Panthers prepare with eight draft picks in hand. The positions divide relatively neatly into different categories to boot.

LUXURY PICKS (Offensive tackle, defensive tackle, quarterback)

First off, there’s really no such thing as a luxury pick. Given the size of NFL rosters and the physical toll the game takes on players within a given season and over several seasons, no team can ever truly feel comfortable at any spot on the field. The Panthers were supposedly sitting pretty at linebacker entering the 2012 draft, but they didn’t let that stop them from using the ninth overall pick on a linebacker – one Luke Kuechly.

But, relative to the other position groups and in light of the draft-worthy talent at each, these positions don’t scream for Carolina to add talent. Most draft experts consider it a relatively weak group of tackles on both sides of the ball, and the Panthers have starters and reserves in both spots that arguably outclass what’s available and what’ Women’s Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Baltimore Orioles Home White Jersey s needed. The quarterback class is considered strong and Carolina is considered a team in need of a backup, but much of the class’ perceived strength is based on a group of top-flight passers that the Panthers wouldn’t consider with Cam Newton set for his eighth season.

DEPTH PICKS (Tight end, defensive end, linebacker)

These are positions where the Panthers are set in terms of starters but where they could look to use the draft to upgrade the second-string group and/or secure starters for the future – potentially the near future.

You can’t do much better than Greg Olsen at tight end, Julius Peppers at defensive end and Thomas Davis at linebacker, but they’re all relatively close to the end of their playing days. The Panthers don’t have a proven backup for Olsen with Ed Dickson now in Seattle, so tight end would have been higher in the pecking order if not for the prevailing opinion that the draft class is weak. It’s a similar story at defensive end. Many draft analysts do like the draft class at linebacker, but the Panthers have Kuechly as well as Shaq Thompson waiting in the wings, so they’re not likely to turn there early in the draft. Except, of course, for the fact that Kuechly and Thompson both technically qualified as players the Panthers didn’t need when they were drafted.

PIVOTAL PICKS (Guard/center, wide receiver, cornerback, running back, safety)

Beginning with the interior of the offensive line and amping up from there, these are positions where the Panthers aren’t settled in terms of starters or at least significant contributors. They have options to replace Andrew Norwell at left guard but nothing is set in stone Custom Orioles Jersey , and five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil has said 2018 will be his last season. At wide receiver, offsea Custom MLB Jersey For Sale son additions Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright have solidified things, but more weapons wouldn’t hurt.

While both offensive line and wide receiver have options on the roster entering a draft with middle-of-the-pack talent relative to other positions, the defensive back and running back spots have need and also offer some of the deepest talent in the draft. The Panthers recently added viable veterans at safety (Da’Norris Searcy) and cornerback (Ross Cockrell), and Cameron Artis-Payne could get his chance to carry some of the load alongside running back Christian McCaffrey. Still things unsettled in those areas, and the draft class is considered to be stacked – especially at safety and running back.

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Could the Panthers draft a linebacker to help mitigate losing Thomas Davis for the first quarter of next season?

Website submission from Shane in Raleigh: Does the Thomas Davis suspension affect the draft strategy? I’m confident in Shaq Thompson being the heir to 58, but that leaves us with just David Mayo as a reliable backup for four games. With Davis’ retirement (allegedly) on the horizon, do you see this pushing the timeline to grab another LB? Maybe in the 3rd? Thanks!

I’m surprised I haven’t seen more of this since the Davis news broke. Assumed there would be more folks hitting the panic button.

It’s not a ridiculous question, but I don’t think it’s a wrench in the plans they’ve been making for months. 

With their first four picks, the Panthers have to find guys who can make meaningful contributions in 2018. A third-round linebacker would be hard-pressed to do that even during Davis’ suspension.

If they’re going to add a linebacker, the soonest that should happen is Day Three. By then, you’re looking for the next A.J. Klein or David Mayo – someone who can help, but not a sure-fire starter for whenever the post-Davis d Custom MLB Jersey For Sale ays arrive.  


Can’t see another in the first. Wouldn’t shock me if it happened as soon as the second.

If it were me, I’d tick off this box via those third-round picks. 

It’d be ideal if a back you like falls to you in the third. But if there’s a run on the position late in the second or early in the third, you may have to trade away one of those thirds to snag someone. 


When have I said or written they’re not going to draft one? Surely not in last week’s column. 

Asked if I think the Panthers will draft a safety early, I replied: 

“Depends on what you consider early. If you mean at No. 24, I’ll say no. … I think there are only two safeties worth a top-25 pick in this draft. And Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick aren’t making it to 24.” 

That’s why it’s worth sticking around till the end because you must have missed this: 

“Safety needs to be addressed sometime this draft.” 

The game of internet telephone doesn’t have to be that hard. 


When they were researching Cockrell ahead of the 2014 draft, the Panthers did think Cockrell had nickel potential. But I imagine both parties now prefer he stays on the outside. I also imagine that, if they spend a first-round pick on  Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap a corner like Alexander, they’d want him to win the starting spot across from James Bradberry

In that hypothetical, I guess they could think about using Alexander inside and out like they did with Captain Munnerlyn in 2013. But it’s more likely nickel will come down to a battle between Munnerlyn, Kevon Seymour and Corn Elder


To be fair, he’s not 25. Yet. He’s 24 until August. 

I hear your concern, though. 

Teams obviously hope their first-round picks will play well enough to pick up fifth-year options. For Hurst, that would be his age-29 season. So, in a best-case scenario, he’s not getting a second contract until he’s 30. 

That’s not ideal, but if the Panthers think Hurst is good enough to help get Cam Newton that much closer to a Super Bowl win, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them downplay the age thing.


For these final few questions, try this concept on for size. 

LIGHTNING ROUND!

It’s more possible than likely, if that makes sense.


That’s the plan/hope. 


At the dr Custom Orioles Jersey aft? Yup. 

ICYMI. 


Have a feeling the football folks here wouldn’t be thrilled if I shared names no one is connecting them to.


Steven is on the left. New wideout Jarius Wright on the right. 

Yeah, I can’t claim to be 100 percent sure. 


C’mon, man.

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Panthers will face Patriots and two other AFC East teams while continuing tradition of closing against Steelers.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will face AFC opponents in each of their four preseason games, opening the schedule on the road against the Buffalo Bills in early August.

Carolina will close the preseason with a road game August 30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 16th consecutive season that Carolina and Pittsburgh have wrapped up the preseason against each other. In between the road trips, the Panthers will host the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, meaning Carolina will face every AFC East team except the New York Jets. The Panthers last faced an NFC team in the preseason in 2013.

The slate is exactly the same as the 2015 preseason schedule, a season th Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap at ended with a trip to the Super Bowl. Dates and times for the preseason sched Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ule will be announced in the coming days.
2017 CAROLINA PANTHERS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

WEEK DATE
OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
1 Aug. 9-13
at Buffalo Bills
Ralph Wilson Stadium
TBD
2 Aug. 16-20
vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Bank of America Stadium TBD
3 Aug. 23-26
vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
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Aug. 30
at Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field
TBD

The Panthers also will travel to Pittsburgh in the regular season, the 21st time Carolina has faced a team in the regular season after facing the same team in the preseason. The NFL is expected to release the regular season schedule later this month. 

The Panthers are 45-48 all-time in preseason games, finishing at least .500 in the preseason in each of the franchise’s eight playoff seasons. Carolina has gone at least .500 every preseason since 2012.

Like the Panthers, the Steelers, Bills and Patriots were all playoff teams in 2017. This will mark the fourth time in five seasons the Panthers and Patriots will square off in the third preseason game, considered the “dress rehearsal” game in advance of the regular season.

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This week’s Mock Draft Report is nothing if not interesting.

Everyone agrees safety is a major need for Carolina, and Derwin James sure soun Custom Orioles Jersey ds like a home run selection by Tony Pauline. But the idea of the former Florida State standout being available at 24 is highly, highly unlikely. Justin Reid, another top safety prospect from Stanford, continues to be a popular pick, evidenced by Mel Kiper’s latest projection.

Cornerback is another position of interest, and Central Florida’s Mike Hughes makes his debut in our Mock Draft Report courtesy of Dan Kadar.

Offensively, the Derrius Guice projection grabs your attention. Would the Panthers consider going running back with consecutive first-rou Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange n Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey For Sale d picks? Maurice Jones-Drew, a star running back in his own right, seems to think so.

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Christian McCaffr Women’s Custom Any Name Any Number Atlanta Braves Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey ey had a record-setting rookie season. He and the Panthers could use some help from last year’s other draftees.

CHARLOTTE – With eight picks in the upcoming draft, the Panthers have plenty of ammo to land at least a couple of starters and improve their depth. But drafts are an inexact science. It’s much easier to screw one up than to do what the Saints did last year. 

While New Orleans found six key contributors, including cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara – the first teammates to sweep the AP Rookie of the Year awards since 1967 – Dave Gettleman’s final draft class in Carolina turned in an incomplete grade after its debut season.

So with much of the current focus on who Marty Hurney may add at the end of the month, we shouldn’t forget about last year’s group. Because if the Panthers are going to challenge in the NFC, that class has to produce at a higher level in 2018. 

Not counting seventh-round kicker Harrison Butker, who went on to have a fantastic first season in Kansas City, the Panthers’ six picks totaled 1,089 snaps on offense and defense. Sixty-nine percent of those went to Christian McCaffrey, who also accounted for 86 percent of the yards gained and 100 percent of the touchdowns scored by last year’s class. Defensively, the two draftees combined for nine snaps.

’17 Draft Class Production
Name Games Snaps YDs TDs Tackles
RB Christian McCaffrey
16 746 1,086 7
N/A
WR Curtis Samuel 9 225 179 0 N/A
OT Taylor Moton
16 63 N/A N/A
N/A
DE Daeshon Hall 1 9 N/A N/A 0
CB Corn Elder 0 0 N/A N/A 0
FB Alex Armah 9 46 0 0 N/A
TOTAL 51 1,089 1,265 7 0

Of course, injuries were a big reason for the lack of production.

Curtis Samuel (hamstring/ankle), Daeshon Hall (knee) and Corn Elder (knee) were limited to a total of 10 games. Plus, opportunities were few and far between for Alex Armah and for Taylor Moton, whose path to playing time was blocked by the emergence Daryl Williams at right tackle.

But it’s time to turn the page. 

Samuel will be very limited during spring workouts, but his rehab is going as well as the Panthers could have hoped. Elder and Hall have been completely cleared. Armah and Moton have spent a good chunk of their offseason in Carolina’s weight room.

It’s time for all of them to grab bigger roles. McCaffrey, too.

With Jonathan Stewart in New York and the Panthers unlikely to take another first-round running back, McCaffrey is the backfield’s top option. There’s also a decent chance h Personalized Braves Jersey Cheap e’ll have to play mentor for a guy picked on Day 2 or 3. 

Assuming Samuel is full-go for the start of training camp, he’ll need to prove he can stay on the field. Then he can work on stretching it, a trait the Panthers desperately missed much of last season.

Moton should get a look at left guard, but even if he doesn’t win that job, he’ll need to assure coaches he’s a dependable swing tackle.

A nagging knee injury robbed Hall of so much experience la Atlanta Braves Custom Jersey st year, no one knows what to expect in his sophomore season. But the defensive end group sure could use an uptick in depth.

Elder also has a golden opportunity to earn playing time in a secondary that’s still under construction. 

And Armah, who made a huge leap from Division II to the NFL, could convince new offensive coordinator Norv Turner he deserves some touches. Or one, at least. 

So despite the sputtering start, the 2017 draft class could still produce meaningful contributors and even a handful of starters. To compete at the top of a rapidly improving NFC, that’s help the Panthers need even if Hurney drafts a few gems later this month.

Of course, injuries were a big reason for the lack of production. Curtis Samuel (hamstring/ankle), Daeshon Hall (knee) and Corn Elder (knee) were limited to a total of 10 games. Plus, opportunities were limited for Alex Armah and Taylor Moton, whose path to playing time was blocked by the emergence Daryl Williams at right tackle. But it’s time to turn the page.  Samuel will be very limited during spring workouts, but his rehab is going as well as the Panthers could’ve hoped. Elder and Hall have been completely cleared. Armah and Moton have spent a good chunk of their offseason in Carolina’s weight room. It’s time for all of them to grab bigger roles. McCaffrey, too.  With Jonathan Stewart in New York and the Panthers unlikely to take another first-round running back, McCaffrey is the backfield’s top option. There’s also a good chance he’ll have to play mentor for a guy picked on Day 2 or 3.  Assuming Samuel is full-go for the start of training camp, he’ll need to prove he can stay on the field. Then he can work on stretching it, a trait the Panthers desperately missed late last season. Moton should get a look at left guard, and if he doesn’t win that job, he’ll need to assure coaches he’s a dependable swing tackle. A nagging knee injury robbed Hall of so much experience last year, no one knows what to expect in his sophomore season. But the defensive end group sure could use an uptick in depth. Elder also has a golden opportunity to earn playing time in a secondary that’s under construction.  And Armah, who made a huge leap from Division II to the NFL, could convince new offensive coordinator Norv Turner he deserves some touches. Or one, at least.  This group will probably never be confused with the Saints’ All-Stars, but it doesn’t have to win awards to be useful. Despite the sputtering start, the 2017 draft class could still produce a handful of starters. And to compete at the top of a loaded NFC, it’s help the Panthers need even if Hurney finds a few gems later this month.

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James Bradberry dishes on his 2017 season and the trade of fellow cornerback Daryl Worley.

CHARLOTTE – A man of few words, we haven’t learned much about cornerback James Bradberry since the Panthers took him in the second round of the 2016 draft. So we gladly accepted an invite to his apartment located just  Vintage 1969 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Mitchell and Ness Away White Jersey Throwback outside uptown Charlotte last week.

For the  Youth Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap latest episode of our “Pads Off” series, Bradberry showed off his skills as a chef. He also talked some football on the side. Not included in Ray Nitschke Jersey  the video was …

His prediction for the upcoming draft: “I think we’re going to draft some defensive backs. We’re kind of frail back there right now. We don’t have too many.” 

The trade of fellow ’16 draftee Daryl Worley: “That’s my boy. It’s sad, man, cause me and him hung out off the field a lot. I’m going to miss him a lot, but at the same time I have to understand it is a business.”

And Bradberry’s somewhat disappointing 2017 season: “At times I played t Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Pink Jersey errible, at times I feel like I played great. It was pretty much an up-and-down season for me. Of course, I want to be the best corner in the league. That’s always every corner’s aspiration.”

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The path has been momentarily cleared for touted linebacker Shaq Thompson to achieve his long-awaited breakthrough.

CHARLOTTE – In the wake of Thomas Davis’ four-game suspension, the attention naturally shifts to Shaq T Ray Nitschke Jersey Mitchell and Ness hompson, who is a perfect example of untapped potential.

The 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker has all the physical traits necessary to be an elite, playmaking linebacker. But if you review Thompson’s first three seasons since coming to Carolina a Vintage 1969 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Mitchell and Ness Away White Jersey Throwback s a fir Ray Nitschke Jersey st-round draft choice, you’ll find his impact plays are few and far between.

Thompson has played 14 games every year with 36 combined starts. His tackle totals have increa Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Pink Jersey sed from 50 to 56 to 61. He has three career sacks and one interception.

In short, he’s been solid but unspectacular.

But the Panthers have always seemed sure of an impending breakthrough. Recall when Eric Washington was promoted to defensive coordinator and remarked that Thompson is “on the cusp of being a superstar.”

The plan from the beginning was for Davis to pass the baton to Thompson, and coincidentally it was Davis who announced Thompson’s arrival at the 2015 draft.

But Davis’ play has made that transition a bit … complicated.

The presence of Davis, who has performed at a surprisingly consistent level as a 30-something linebacker, has sometimes made it difficult for Vintage 1969 Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Throwback Team Color Jersey Mitchell and Ness  Thompson to get on the field and stay there. Davis and perennial All-Pro Luke Kuechly have formed arguably the best linebacker duo in the NFL, and when Carolina goes to a traditional nickel with three corners (which happens often), Thompson has been relegated to the sideline.

To his credit, Thompson has never once complained publicly about his role. Instead, he’s talked about how beneficial it’s been to learn behind a Panthers legend.

It’s essentially been a “good problem to have” for the Panthers.

And to Davis’ credit, he’s repeatedly said he’s willing to make room for Thompson to grow.

“Shaq is the future of this football team, and I understand that,” Davis said following the 2016 season. “It’s all about allowing him to develop, and the only way he’s going to be able to do that is getting reps and play in the game.”

That said, Davis had 90 more snaps than Thompson and went to his third consecutive Pro Bowl in 2017.

After this past season concluded, Davis revealed that he was preparing to play fewer snaps as Thompson steps into a larger role in 2018, but as we’ve seen, that transition has been much easier said than done.

Well, the door has officially opened for Thompson – for four games at least. A suspended Davis is far from an ideal scenario for Carolina, but it clears the path for Thompson to finally prove himself in a true full-time position.

“Those are big shoes to fill,” Thompson said Friday, hours before learning of Davis’ suspension. “TD has made his mark on this franchise. But I’m ready. I’m ready to take on that role. Having TD’s support is big. I know he has my back.”

Stories From The Yangervis Solarte Jersey Stands: Pintea Family

The Panthers Privileges program is excited to share the stories of the Panthers’ most dedicated fans and why they are committed to the Ca Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey rolina Panthers. Our first story from the stands features longtime PSL Owners Jeffrey and Sheree Pintea.

The Panthers Privileges program is excited to share the stories of the Panthers’ most dedicated fans and why they are committed to the Carolina Panthers. Our first story from the stands features longtime PSL Owners Jeffrey and Sheree Pintea.

By Jeffrey and Sheree Pintea

What do the Panthers mean to me? Friendships, lifestyle, and to always Keep Pounding.

In 1993, when the Carolinas were awarded an NFL franchise, we wanted to be on the ground floor of the new team, unknowing, it was going to change our lives forever. After buying PSLs and going to the inaugural game at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, we proceeded to attend every game at the Panthers temporary home in Clemson, S,C. We even bought a new SU Ryan Tepera Jersey V with the thought of tailgating that year at Panthers games.

We were so ready for the new stadium in Uptown Charlotte to open that during that time, we customized our yellow 1974 VW Super Beetle to look like the new Carolina Panthers helmet.  The all chrome silver VW features black and blue racing stripes mimicking the Panthers helmets with the token Panthers logo in the middle of each door.  In 1996, my wife Sheree and I were even selected as Number One Fans by WSOC-TV Charlotte.

Tailgating in a Volkswagen was always a challenge, so in 1998, I built a 40”x 40” tailgate trailer to be pulled by the VW. Now we could carry all of our supplies, tents, grills, and gear to tailgate like pros. In 1999, Visa ran a contest looking for the No. 1 Fans of all sporting teams across the country, and for my efforts, I was selected as the No. 1 fan of our Carolina Panthers. Sheree and I were flown to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio to be honored with the rest of the devoted fans from other teams. 

Over this time, we were not only huge Panther fans through tailgating, attending home games and traveling to selected away games, but Sheree and I, along with several other No. 1 fans, helped start Pro Football’s Ultimate Fan Association (PFUFA). The PFUFA is a group of devoted fans across the globe who believe in promoting the fellowship of all fans, encouraging sportsmanship  Yangervis Solarte Jersey and supporting charitable activities.  In 2003, Sheree was also selected through this program as a No. 1 Fan of the Carolina Panthers and joined me as one of the first husband and wife pairs to be honored. 

As time passed, the Panther helmet VW got a makeover in 2007 to it’s current black and blue theme in 2007.

Fast forward to 2018, we are still attending games and have continued to go back to Canton, Ohi Steve Pearce Jersey o every year since 1999 to attend the greatest reunion of No. 1 fans across this great country with our PFUFA brethren.

Since it is my belief that you can never have enough tailgating paraphernalia, I once again had trouble getting all my supplies in the VW and the trailer.  I purchased a 12’x6′ trailer equipped with a TV from fellow Panthers fan Danny “DownEast” Dickerson and now I can carry all my supplies in style.

Our current tailgating group, “Panthers Fanz Tailgating,” are some of our closest and dearest friends, and we all have a distinct passion for our Carolina Panthers. Kindled from our early years as Panthers fans, these friendships have have grown into the lifestyle that we couldn’t live without.

The memories we have formed by following the Carolina Panthers have not only provided touching moments, but also a lasting impact on our lives and the people we have come across. We will continue to Keep Pounding and supporting our Panthers in their quest for a Super Bowl title.