Carolina Panthers’ center Ryan Kalil has promised his fans — in a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer — that it’s the Panthers’ turn to win the Super Bowl. Why? “Because we have to,” Kalil says, then continues:
For eighteen years we’ve 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’ve seen it.
Looks 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!
It would be quite a turnaround for the Panthers, who were 6-10 last year, including two losses to the Falcons and two to the New Orleans Saints, and who haven’t won a playoff game since 2005.
But apparently the strong rookie season by quarterback Cam Newton and a defense that is expected to be improved over the one that finished 28th in total defense last year is enough to convince Kalil that the Panthers are championship material.
The Braves proved in 1991 that it’s possible to go from worst to first. Carolina wasn’t worst last year, but can they be first in 2012?
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