Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in today's The Charlotte Observer, explaining "Why the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl XLVII."

It's a bold prediction by Kalil, and is one that's been reported on throughout the day by many news outlets, including ESPN, Los Angeles TimesYahoo Sports, and New York Daily News. His name has also been a top trending topic on Twitter all day. In an article separate from the paid advertisement, Kalil told the Observer his decision to craft the verbiage for the ad "was one of those things I was literally up all night and I was thinking about it, and just went to my computer and started writing."

I'm not sure how much a full-page ad in the Observer costs (I tried to calculate it but it was confusing), but it's certainly something Kalil can easily afford. It was nearly one year ago when he signed a contract extension with the Panthers, worth $49 million over six years, making him the highest paid center in the NFL. Rich guy or not, I respect Kalil for putting his money where his mouth is. Now, let's see if his teammates will help him make good on his deposit by getting the Panthers, who finished 6-10 last season, to Super Bowl 47 in February in New Orleans. The team begins training camp this Friday at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.


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