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January 17, 2014

Panthers owner takes out full-page ad to thank fans, team

Panthers center Ryan Kalil created a stir before the 2012 season when took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer predicting the Panthers would win the Super Bowl.

Kalil's ad was a well-written letter that he signed and paid for himself.

But it wasn't in cursive.

Today's editions of the Observer include a full-page ad of a hand-written note by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, thanking fans, players, coaches and the entire organization for a memorable season.


Richardson wrote the Panthers fell short of their "ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl," but believes progress was made and there's an opportunity to build on it.

"A 12-win season, NFC South championship, and a playoff berth have laid the foundation," Richardson wrote. "None of this would have been possible without a complete team effort."

You have to admire Richardson's gesture and penmanship -- as well as the Panthers' continuing efforts to keep the newspaper industry afloat.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2014 at 09:12 AM | Permalink


Classy. Keep Pounding. Nobody complaining about public funds now.

Posted by: james | Jan 17, 2014 9:34:41 AM

He's finally coming around...and wants to be a winner!

Posted by: bt | Jan 17, 2014 9:59:43 AM

He's always wanted to be a winner -- aside from 2010 due to the CBA negotiations

Posted by: Coopah | Jan 17, 2014 10:15:46 AM

Jerry Richardson lost all my respect when he went and BEGGED the city for corporate welfare. He is a BILLIONAIRE, yet he feels it OK to take money out of the mouths of children and the less fortunate to feed his already giant sized ego. He is a weasel, and a low life for stealing tax money when he could very well afford it himself. NO small business owner should ever support this joke of a team. Jerry has provided a subpar product for years, taking the cheap route at every turn. Not once in our history have we had even back to back winning seasons, that is a direct reflection on the owner and his FAILED business plan. If he and the Panthers left tomorrow, it would be nothing short of a GREAT thing for the city and the area.

If Jerry had written an apology letter for being a thief, I would have accepted it. But no, we get more of this tripe. Save it old man, the gullible eat it up, I don't.

Posted by: JR=BUM | Jan 17, 2014 10:32:18 AM

The above comment from Coopah could not be further from the truth. I worked for the panthers and the Richardson's for 7 years as a volunteer and as a full time employee. The Richardson's are some of the nicest people and most caring people I have ever met. From Jerry to his late son Jon they will always be held in the highest regard to me. I am proud to have the Panthers in our city and I know that Charlotte is a better city because of the Panthers.

Posted by: Loyalpanther | Jan 17, 2014 10:51:19 AM

This season turned out to be a fun ride! Thank you too!!

Posted by: PantherD | Jan 17, 2014 10:59:14 AM

There are always going to be people who hate and I understand that. The post above referring to the financial requests/decisions is down right sad. The Carolina Panthers do more for this city and surrounding communities than you give them credit for. Whether its donations, volunteering their time with the youth programs etc. But let's not forget the thousands of people employed by the organization as a whole. How much revenue is generated each time we have an event at the stadium for the local hotels and restaurants alone?

Yes OUR TEAM has its ups and down throughout the season as most teams do. Many will speculate its due to bad coaching or bad play calls or even injured players or some might even call out a player by name. The fact is WE are still one of the newest/youngest teams in the country. We will have our good seasons and our bad. I ask you this... how many of the expansion teams have even made it to the playoffs yet alone the Superbowl since their inception? My point is I'm proud to be a Panthers fan through thick and thin... and before you jump on the various band wagons you should consider the big/whole picture.

Thank you Carolina for a great season and for the many memories now shared with my family. Keep Pounding and we will look forward to watching y'all again next season!

Posted by: True Blue Charlottean | Jan 17, 2014 11:36:27 AM

Hopefully Rachel Jeantel isn't a Panther fan...

Posted by: Yup | Jan 17, 2014 11:39:26 AM

Classy, and yet not. This is supposed to be the CAROLINA team. If he wants to be really impressive, take out an ad in Raleigh, Greenville, Charleston, Fayetteville, Greensboro, etc etc etc. By taking out an ad in the Charlotte paper all he's doing is reinforcing something that his PR department has told him is a BAD move.

Posted by: DVR Dave | Jan 17, 2014 11:43:12 AM

Mr. Richardson is a class act. He is a loyal, thoughtful, very successful and very patient business owner. And all Panther fans and the city of Charlotte benifit from that. We had a great run this season and have much to build upon next year and years to come.

So sorry for those classless and toxic nobodies like "Coopah" still targeting JR. We'll never be rid of them.

Posted by: tunaback | Jan 17, 2014 11:50:54 AM

JR,without you I still would have been cheering for ANOTHER team in ANOTHER state. I cheered for a team up until Oct.26,1993 and as of that date I DROPPED that team and been with you ever since. All the haters of Panthers Inc.,here in the Carolina's, I'd bet more than 85% hav NEVER even seen the team they cheer for until they come to the Panther's Den. If you don't like it....move to the state in which your team plays,NOW!! Thanks JR!!!

Posted by: 93Panther | Jan 17, 2014 12:10:32 PM

Why hasn't anybody hired me as their GM yet? The weather is nice in Miami - I wonder if they'd let me mess up their team too?

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Jan 17, 2014 12:14:38 PM

Who wrote that letter? I'm not convinced that the old codger is alive - looked like Weekend at Bernie's on Sunday afternoon.

Posted by: Check his pulse | Jan 17, 2014 12:21:36 PM

That is nice. I went to the falcons game in November and enjoyed the team victory. Thanks JR for all you do and keep the Panthers here in NC where they belong forever.

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Jan 17, 2014 12:46:06 PM

Really? Where were all the letters when you were losing and tanked an entire season? Not very impressive coming out of hiding after one good season. Pretty easy to do it now. A real leader is there through good times and bad. He has been invisible the last 3 years. Must mean prices are going up. Stay classy big cat!

Posted by: Rembrandt | Jan 17, 2014 1:21:42 PM

buttering everyone up for a ticket price increase. suckas!

Posted by: big gulps | Jan 17, 2014 1:25:51 PM

Hey you can say what you like but he has done SO much for the Charlotte area. He is single handedly responsible for bringing the NFL to the Carolina's when the league was skeptical. Our ticket prices are always in the bottom 5 of the NFL. I'm not happy with the public money but he didn't use any to build the stadium. He also funded UNCC's new stadium. If he's guilty of anything it's being too loyal to Hurney.

Posted by: Cltcat | Jan 17, 2014 1:52:32 PM

Wow so much hate. Glad everyone had a perfect life and does their job perfectly as well.
I give my thanks and will continue pay my psl every win or lose. #KeepPounding

Posted by: Jc | Jan 17, 2014 2:23:32 PM

@Jr= Bum: plain and simple, you are a naive no-nothing. You think Richardson's appeal for public funds is so appalling? Shows that you're just a hick from back when Charlotte had about 200,000 people in it. Welcome to the NFL. There isn't a single owner who hasn't appealed for public funds. Some get them, some get turned down, some decide to move their team to another city. If you disapprove of this overall, that's fine. But don't try to make this out to be such a huge outrage. And if you want an NFL team, that's reality these days. Go ahead and root for Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, and whoever they are that are running the Browns and Jaguars into the ground. I dont have a problem with Jar, never have.,

Posted by: PanthersD | Jan 17, 2014 2:23:58 PM

how do people not understand that he didn't get "welfare" from the city. the city profits off of him doing business here. he could make MORE money by moving the team. thus, the city helps pay to renovate the stadium to keep the team.

that's business. what is so complicated about that? smarten up effers.

LA would have paid for the entire stadium for him to move the team out there. And he paid for the entire stadium with PSL money which is abnormal. usually stadiums get built with public money. the land is still owned by the city of charlotte. speak on what you know.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 17, 2014 2:27:52 PM

@DVR Dave...so butthurt....do some of those cities even have newspapers?

Posted by: PanthersD | Jan 17, 2014 2:30:36 PM

CLTN: It is 100% welfare. He begged the city for money he should have spent himself. The game of claiming "I will move my team if you don't give me handouts on the backs of the taxpayers" is not a valid argument. How much money he brings in the area is IRRELEVANT. Either his company is able to exist without the city propping it up, or it's not. Free market ring a bell? Try again.

Posted by: JR=BUM | Jan 17, 2014 2:34:30 PM

How many of you Panther fans yell and scream about Obamacare and other forms of social engineering? The Big Rat is comrade #1 in begging for cash. The fact that most of you simple minded people can't grasp is that our country spends SEVEN TIMES the cash on CORPORATE WELFARE than on social welfare. SEVEN TIMES. This is a prime example of what is wrong with America. Millions on dollars for suits and ties, so they can buy another vacation home or 100k+ car, and nothing for needy families looking for nothing more than a roof and a meal.

Posted by: JR=BUM | Jan 17, 2014 2:40:09 PM

thanks jr.keep pounding.

Posted by: frank | Jan 17, 2014 4:22:44 PM

you think that the money going towards the panthers stadium would have ever seen people who really needed it? get real.

Posted by: tim millwood | Jan 17, 2014 4:36:33 PM

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