Carolina Panthers‘ center Ryan Kalil left this message to Panthers fans in this morning’s Charlotte Observer…
Why the Carolina Panthers Will Win Super Bowl XVLII:
Because we have to.
For eighteen years we wanted, hoped, and tried…
But no more.
A moment is upon us, where dreams become beliefs and yearning becomes conviction.
How do I know?
Because I have seen it.
Look closely and you’ll see it too. You’ll see July 1st, 1993, when 40,000 of you bought club seats, licenses and luxury boxes, financing the construction of our stadium in a single day.
You’ll see October of that same year when the NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the league’s 29th franchise.
You’ll see two decades of seasons bad and good. But never of greatness.
Now, look closer.
At the daunting, unpaved path ahead, lined with detours, naysayers, and walls which seem insurmountable. But not for you. You’ll ignore what you hear and break through ANYTHING that stands in your way. Because you see what’s at the end of this…
One hundred-percent, sterling silver victory. The Lombardi trophy. And it reads:
CAROLINA PANTHERS – SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS!
Kalil’s message to all Panthers’ fans and to the world is a statement that shows great leadership. I feel this was a bold statement and may not come true, but hey it is possible. I think teams that win the Super Bowl believe that they are going to win it and from day one that is their goal. It takes players like Kalil to step up and make these kind of comments and then show the work ethic on the practice and game fields in order to achieve these goals.
The Panthers are going into their 2nd year with head coach Ron Rivera and QB Cam Newton. Last season the Panthers were only 6-10, but they were in most every game and Newton put up record breaking numbers as a rookie QB. Coach Rivera has made this offense exciting with the help of Newton and if they can build on last season’s positives and play better defense there could be a chance for a Super Bowl trophy in Carolina.
Kalil also had this say about the situation:
“Every team says it every year, whether it’s publicly or not,” Kalil said. “They say they’re going to win the Super Bowl.
“We’ve said it in the past in meeting rooms and behind closed doors. This year’s different. There’s a sense of urgency, a winning attitude that I haven’t seen before. And it’s in the way we prepare. It’s in the way we approach each work day, and I think fans will see it in the way that we play.”
If the Panthers were to win the Super Bowl it would not be the biggest surprise that I have ever seen.
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