Two weeks ago the last original Panther player, John Kasay, was released. A chapter of Panthers history has now ended and will never be repeated. The game goes on ... the seasons go on ... players come and go.
But there was something different in the way Kasay decided to go. He wrote a fond farewell to the fans who had been there throughout the years, dropping off the hand-written note at Charlotte Observer sports writer Scott Fowler's office.
Fowler described it as one of the classiest things he had ever read. The entire letter is in the Observer ... here is the ending:
It has been a tremendous privilege to live in Charlotte, to play for the Carolina Panthers, and to be able to share my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL with all of you.It is truly the end of an era....
I pray that this will be a wonderful season and we will all get to watch the Panthers return to their rightful place as one of the most feared teams in the NFL.
May God bless you. Thank you again for the memories.
H/T to Colin