Carolina Panthers fans were bordering on depression last Wednesday when it was announced that Pro-Bowl center Ryan Kalil’s season was over because of a Lisfranc injury he sustained during the team’s week five loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Kalil, who already once shared a positive message for Panthers fans in July when he took out a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer guaranteeing triumph in this year’s Super Bowl, took to Twitter today to give the fans something they can hang their hats on.
Via @RyanKalil, “Panther fans, we understand your frustrations this season. It’s our responsibility to earn your support & the only way to do that is to win.”
Kalil added to his previous Tweet: “Winning is, and always will be our highest priority, and we are close as we continue to work harder to become the team you deserve.”
There is no doubt Panthers fans are frustrated and some are even angry. This year had plenty of anticipation building around the possibility of a playoff run and anticipation surrounding a dynamic quarterback in Cam Newton entering his second season. Instead fans have been forced to witness the same old tedious yawn-causing offense that has the Panthers dug into a 1-4 hole.
However, despite all of the negativity centering on the Panthers by irritated fans, Kalil has become a fan favorite through it all and a beacon of light for success down the road.
Not only is Kalil a Pro-Bowl center, he is a leader. He’s a leader on the field indeed, but the positive vibes he sends out using media have proved uplifting for Panthers fans searching for something, anything they can use to cheer on the Panthers once Sunday rolls around.
Going forward, players and fans alike should take on Kalil’s optimistic outlook and focus on what matters, winning–something the Panthers really aren’t all that far away from achieving.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1.