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February 01, 2010

Rain drives Super Bowl media day inside; Panthers' Williams on his Pro Bowl TD

A few Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and Panthers notes after arriving in not-so-sunny (yet) Ft. Lauderdale:

-- It's been raining most of the day and more is expected tomorrow, prompting the "Media Day" spectacle to be moved indoors from the field at Sun Life Stadium to club level suites. Can't remember anything like that happening in the past 16 years or so. It'll be interesting to see if the day is as lively and zany as usual.

-- Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Pro Bowl Sunday night, after which he tried a celebration dance that was more fun than stylish.

"It was cool," Williams said of scoring in his first career Pro Bowl. "This is a ball that is going up in my house. I like it."

Williams was especially glad to return to playing after missing the final 11 quarters of the Panthers season with an ankle injury.

"It was tough, those last couple of games not being able to play," he said. "But being able to come back, basically in the same season, it gives me great confidence going into next season that this injury is healed and that I'm back doing what I love doing."

-- Panthers linebacker Jon Beason had four tackles in the Pro Bowl, tied for third most in the game. He was a late addition after San Francisco's Patrck Willis was sidelined with an injury.

Beason originally was upset at being snubbed, but wound up in the game anyway as the second alternate. It was a special appearance for him because he played collegiately at Miami.

"It's a dream come true," said Beason. "It was a goal the whole offseason. Even though I took the scenic route, I still made it and I am glad to be here for all of my friends, family and fans."

Asked about arriving in the Pro Bowl late in the week, Beason said: "I'm not in any great shape right now. I missed out on a lot of the activities and fun stuff, but this whole thing is great."

Other Panthers who participated in the Pro Bowl were defensive end Julius Peppers, who was credited with a tackle, and center Ryan Kalil, who made the game as an alternate.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 1, 2010 at 06:49 PM | Permalink

Comments

Now that's what's up !!

Posted by: Nasty704 | Feb 1, 2010 11:06:55 PM

Is it my imagination, or did the players holdback more then in previous years. I don't recall seeing guys drop off coverage to let someone make a catch or avoid making sacks. I did appreciate Asante Samuel not letting Ocho-overated not get a TD.

Posted by: SportsDon | Feb 2, 2010 10:38:10 AM

CHAD WAS MIC'D UP AND ACTUALLY SAID THANK YOU TO ASANTE FOR NOT LEVELING HIM. THEY DID LET UP ITS NOT WORTH GOING OUT THERE IN A FUN GAME TO GET HURT. ITS THE SAME THING AS BASKETBALL PLAYERS LETTING THE OTHER TEAM DUNK OR SHOOT CERTAIN SHOTS. ITS THE FUN OF THE GAME. THEY ALREADY GET PAID EITHER WAY AND NO ONE REALLY REMEMBERS WHO SUCH AND SUCH DID DURING THE PRO BOWL. ITS FOR THE FANS TO ENJOY THOSE THAT REALLY LOVE FOOTBALL, NOT THOSE WHO WATCH EVERY NOW AND THEN

Posted by: PANTHERFAN4LIFE | Feb 2, 2010 12:08:26 PM

It may have been for the fans to enjoy, but it wasn't enjoyable. Nobody gave a siht. I only watched a quarter.

Posted by: Ben | Feb 2, 2010 6:18:16 PM

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Posted by: s | Feb 4, 2010 2:41:11 AM

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