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July 28, 2012

Ryan Kalil talks about Super Bowl promise, Cam Newton


When Panthers center Ryan Kalil stepped in front of a bank of microphones and tape recorders Saturday, this was the first question posed to him:

“So, anything been going on with you?”

“Not too much,” Kalil said and smiled.

It's been three days since Kalil took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer promising fans their loyalty would be rewarded with a Super Bowl title this season.

“I knew I'd take some heat for it, and rightfully so. It's a bold thing to say, especially in such a tough game,” Kalil said. “But what I care about is who I wrote it for and who it was intended for, and that was the fans and my teammates. So in that regard it's been very positive.”

Actually, most of the public response to Kalil's 178-word message has been positive. And while Kalil said he didn't intend the ad to be a Super Bowl guarantee, the three-time Pro Bowler believes the Panthers have the talent and drive to make it happen.

Kalil has been encouraged to see quarterback Cam Newton taking on more of a leadership role during the offseason. Newton was the Rookie of the Year in 2011 and broke Peyton Manning's rookie passing record, but Kalil and offensive tackle Jordan Gross talked to him midway through the season about his leadership abilities.

“You see him in the (TV) commercials and all that kind of stuff and it's easy to think he's just enjoying the offseason. But that's not the case at all,” Kalil said. “He's really committed to having a better season, being a better quarterback and being a better teammate and leader. And guys see that.”

“He doesn't do it for show,” Kalil added. “He does it because it means something to him, and it's personal this season. That's the thing we get excited about, and that's the thing that's going to make him a better quarterback”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2012 at 01:13 PM | Permalink


All things are possible to them that believe and I believe this year will start the dynasty

Posted by: unome | Jul 28, 2012 9:33:36 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and they could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team a 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jul 28, 2012 10:26:09 PM

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