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June 11, 2013

Greg Hardy, back from missing some OTAs, has plenty of jokes at minicamp

When you talk to Panthers DE Greg Hardy, it's difficult to anticipate what he's going to say.

He could say a 3-9 team is better than an 11-1 team. Or he could call an opposing player "small" and "weird-shaped."

After missing four of Carolina's 10 organized team activities during the past month, Hardy was on the practice field for the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and had plenty to say.

Here are the bullet points:

  1. He said his absence from OTAs was not due to any wrestling over his contract but instead personal family matters.
  2. He has dubbed the Panthers defensive line as Monsters Inc. after the Disney Pixar animated film. Hardy, known as the Kraken, has labeled fellow defensive end Charles Johnson as the Loch Ness Monster.
  3. Hardy plans to market Monsters Inc. He hinted at merchandise being available to fans on July 28, his birthday.
  4. After recording a career-high 11 sacks, Hardy said he's aiming for 50 sacks this upcoming season. That would be a record. "Why shoot low? If I’m going to shoot at it, I’m going to shoot at it with a .50 (caliber). I’m shooting a little bird with a .50 cal bullet. That’s the goal. 50 sacks. Why not?"
--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Permalink


Love this dude!

Posted by: Mike W | Jun 11, 2013 12:45:20 PM

HAHA ... he is a trip. We really need to extend this guy.

Posted by: Chris | Jun 11, 2013 1:06:08 PM

Here's hoping he gets his 50!

Posted by: Tim Shinn | Jun 11, 2013 1:07:42 PM

50 this SEASON!

Posted by: John Beast | Jun 11, 2013 1:10:45 PM


Posted by: big gulps | Jun 11, 2013 1:28:52 PM

I heard he nicknamed Beason "Mr. Glass", in honor of Samuel L. Jackson's character in Unbreakable.

Is that true?

Posted by: Steve | Jun 11, 2013 1:58:06 PM

I thought he nicknamed Beason "Tissue." You know, 'cause he's soft!

There was rarely a dull moment with Hardy around.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Jun 11, 2013 3:34:08 PM

Unbreakable was a great movie.

I like Hardy - great to see him reaching his potential. This guy had a monster second year at Ole Miss in 2007 - but then he dropped off in 2008 and with an injury dropped off even more in 2009 after skipping the 2009 NFL draft where he was projected to go in the first round. He was a steal in the 6th round and it is great to see him work to where he should be... A broken wrist and motorcycle wreck slowed him down but now he has arrived!

Posted by: Dom | Jun 11, 2013 3:45:54 PM

Unleash the KRAKEN!

Posted by: Blinders On! | Jun 11, 2013 5:33:03 PM

Fun to read! Like this guy... need more positive, fun and aggressive players on the panthers! Less PC and more fun... don't we all need some of that?

Posted by: handyman | Jun 11, 2013 5:49:42 PM

Greg Hardy is da man. :)

Posted by: Black--Panther | Jun 11, 2013 6:57:20 PM

Just get him signed.

Posted by: Yonse | Jun 11, 2013 10:26:45 PM

Hardy nicknamed Jordan Gross the Human Turnstile

Posted by: Ted | Jun 11, 2013 10:50:42 PM

We have to pay this man!

Posted by: green eggs n cam | Jun 12, 2013 7:28:29 PM

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