August 21, 2013
Jake Delhomme addresses Panthers
And Jake Delhomme still can take over a room.
Speaking to players before their walkthrough, Delhomme told them about the city's electric fan base and encouraged them to cherish their time with the Panthers – a message he repeated at the team's annual kickoff luncheon later in the day at the Convention Center.
This is the 10-year anniversary of the Panthers' lone Super Bowl season, and Delhomme was one of several members of the '03 team who spoke during a round table-type discussion at the luncheon.
Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross, who was a rookie in 2003, said Delhomme told current players “how special this place is” and to enjoy their opportunity.
“And how hard the seats are to get and keep in the room,” Gross said. “And how he misses it everyday, wishing he was still part of this team.”
Gross said Delhomme commanded everyone's attention, even young players who were never teammates with him.
“His reputation precedes him here,” Gross said. “Everybody knows he's somebody that's worthy of your attention.”
Following the luncheon, the Panthers headed to the airport for their charter flight to Baltimore, where they play the Ravens in Thursday night's nationally televised exhibition.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there were no surprises on the travel list, with no additions to the injury report.
Wideouts Domenik Hixon, Armanti Edwards and Joe Adams are out this week, while Rivera has said linebacker Jon Beason might play.
Defensive tackle Frank Kearse, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, said he wasn't making the trip.
Posted by Observer Sports on August 21, 2013 at 02:34 PM | Permalink
Hopefully our current QB was listening. Jake's character and Cam' talent the Panthers would have 3 - 4 Super Bowl wins.
Posted by: Lakemed | Aug 21, 2013 3:15:48 PM
What a stand up guy! Absolutely one of the most outstanding leaders on the football field during his era and maybe of all time!
Posted by: GUESS WHO | Aug 21, 2013 3:33:48 PM
His reaction in the SB after he throws the long TD to moose as he is running down the field yelling at Rodney Harrison.....one of the great panther moments.
Posted by: Section524 | Aug 21, 2013 3:40:01 PM
A little disappointed that Brentson Buckner was not there! Would have love to have seen him with the guys.
Posted by: GUESS WHO | Aug 21, 2013 3:44:26 PM
Jake, was and is a class act. He might not have been the most talented QB to play the game but he gave all he had,which some of the players today don't do. He never quit trying and he sure didn't cry, foul, like some do today, he took responsibility for his mistakes,which is just about unheard of today in the pro sport world. We need more athlete's like him in the game today. Wish you all the best Jake; in all you do.
Posted by: officer jim | Aug 21, 2013 3:44:54 PM
I still think I underpaid him.
Posted by: Marty Hurney | Aug 21, 2013 3:45:42 PM
I love Jake, but I'll never forget that playoff game against AZ.
Posted by: big gulps | Aug 21, 2013 3:46:00 PM
Cam can't win 3-4 Super Bowls by himself
Posted by: Pantherfan | Aug 21, 2013 3:57:54 PM
My perception of Jake "blue collar worker" with an attitude of giving his all to win. Had average NFL skills for quarterback, but his will to win more than made up for whatever shortfall he had physically.
Cam has demonstrated physical skills that at times that are outstanding,and is truly gifted physically. However, I question his maturity, and team leadership. I have also concluded that he must have a major contract with Gatorade, since he always covers his head,(and sometimes his face)with their logo towel. To me it presents an image of withdrawal and disconnect from the team.
Posted by: Richard Ferrell | Aug 21, 2013 4:01:13 PM
Buck is an asst. coach with the Arizona Cardinals. Buck tells it like it is therefore the panther brass doesn't care for him.
Posted by: Kevin | Aug 21, 2013 4:03:26 PM
Jake, was and is a class act. He might not have been the most talented QB but he gave all he had all the time. He never quit trying to do his best,which is something some players in today's game don't do. Jake always took responsibility for his mistakes, and he didn't cry foul about them, that's just about unheard of today from pro athlete's. We need more athlete's with his leadership qualities playing the game today.Jake, I wish you the best in all you do,thank you for your years with the Panther's
Posted by: officer jim | Aug 21, 2013 4:04:24 PM
These "Cam can't do it by himself" nuts sure are delusional. We have a good O-Line, great backs, great LB's, solid D-Line, and an improving secondary. Cam has caused his fair share of losses and to state otherwise is dishonest. He has not lived up to his talent, nor has he improved in his field demeanor. He is not a leader in any sense. This is why he will not be a "C" this season, and maybe never in a Panthers Uni. Quit making excuses for him.
Posted by: CammysCryingTowel | Aug 21, 2013 4:17:39 PM
Easily the greatest quarterback in the Carolina Panthers short history.Damn I miss that guy!
It is almost unbearable to go a Panthers game these days and see the current quarterback prancing and clowning around in the end zone while his team is getting their @$$es handed to them. You would NEVER see Jake doing that. If the current were smart,he would take a cue from this guy, but my hunch is he isn't.
Posted by: Tony | Aug 21, 2013 4:24:28 PM
Brush aside the 2008 playoff game and the last season (and the contract extension), and yes, I have very fond memories of Jake's play and leadership.
Smitty and Moose made him look real good at times, but Jake deserves a lot of credit for his play during the SB run and beyond.
Posted by: Steven H. | Aug 21, 2013 4:24:46 PM
Fickle fans. "Cam has not lived up to his talents."
Really? Yea, you're right, he's only thrown for over 7000 yards his first two years, MORE THEN ANY QB IN NFL HISTORY IN THEIR FIRST TWO YEARS. He only leads the team in rushing, something a QB hasn't done in the NFL IN OVER TEN YEARS. He already broke a 30 YEAR NFL record for most rushing TD's by a QB. What else do you want him to do?
Maybe if you gave him weapons to throw to and a solid offensive line? No WR drafted and two Division II school offensive lineman drafted since he's been here. That's it. Maybe if he could throw the ball to himself AND play defense too, then you "fans" would be happy?
Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 21, 2013 4:29:33 PM
Mr. My heart's not in it anymore.
Posted by: Jake | Aug 21, 2013 4:34:21 PM
I draw comparisons to Jordan. Jordan was lighting up the NBA his first two years. Scoring 64 points in games, dunking ferociously and running the floor like a gazelle. Yet, for all his record breaking, high flying performances, he did not start to really gain steam until the Bulls decided to help him and get him surrounded by talent. That took about six years.
Cam is in the same boat here in Carolina. He's breaking records left and right, putting up unbelievable numbers, but he gets ignored constantly because his winning percentage is low.
Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 21, 2013 4:35:47 PM
Cam sucks, bring back Jake.
Posted by: Jackie | Aug 21, 2013 4:40:18 PM
You da man Jake!
Posted by: Reid | Aug 21, 2013 4:40:35 PM
D.W.G., Cam is a me first player that only looks good on ESPN highlight reels. He is an Allen Iverson not a MJ. The Panthers will never have a Super Bowl team with him at the helm.
Posted by: Jackie | Aug 21, 2013 4:44:39 PM
Cam can break all the meaningless records he wants, it matters not. He is not a leader, not a winner, not a man to build a team around. And in two short years he will be playing for another team. My hope is he and Jerry Richardson leave the building around the same time. Our chances at winning with either two of them are about zero.
Posted by: CammysCryingTowel | Aug 21, 2013 4:47:27 PM
Cam will never make it to 3 - 4 super bowls much less win them. Jake was not the most talented but he is a leader. Cam D Can not so much.
Posted by: Lakemed | Aug 21, 2013 4:56:52 PM
I still hope Jake gets to retire as a Panther, he is a great leader and should be an inspiration to any UD player as he had a hard road to tote. When you consider it, this 2013 team has the same talent ration as the 03 team did and what pulled it all together was Jake Delhomme, if Cam wants to be the Francise QB he needs to take up wher Delhomme left off. GO Panthers.
Posted by: Shaw | Aug 21, 2013 5:03:37 PM
You guys are delusional.
Posted by: Delusional | Aug 21, 2013 5:09:48 PM
Yeah you're right. Cam's not a winner. He just wins Heisman's and National Championships.
Posted by: Delusional | Aug 21, 2013 5:11:55 PM
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