“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
As only the 6th team in NFL history to achieve a record of 15 and 1, the Carolina Panthers were darn near perfect during the regular season.
Of course, their on-field record is just one measure of success.
We're equally impressed with what the Panthers have accomplished off the gridiron.
Many players and coaches give back to our community in powerful ways.
Thomas Davis is one of those guys.
Now in his 10th season, Davis is the reigning "NFL Man of the Year" – an honor highlighting the linebacker's volunteer and charity work.
And just last week, he won the “Bart Starr Award,” given to a player who exemplifies character and leadership.
Likely the league MVP for his incredible on-field work, Cam Newton and his foundation emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and emotional health to youth of the Carolinas.
And it was Cam who visited the families of the Charleston shooting victims right after owner Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to them and the Emanuel A. M. E. Church.
Others deserve credit too.
Greg Olsen's Receptions for Research Foundation provides doctors and hospitals resources to save those suffering from debilitating diseases.
And newcomer Jared Allen has long worked to provide homes for wounded warriors returning from war.
We certainly hope the Panthers achieve their goal of winning Super Bowl 50.
But if not, it's still be a season filled with outstanding accomplishment.
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