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Published: Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 8:10 PM
Updated: Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 8:10 PM
— The Carolina Panthers have a new lifelong fan, thanks to a letter from team owner Jerry Richardson.
A 12-year-old from Oklahoma hand-wrote letters to executives of 32 NFL teams. He was shocked and delighted to have received a personal response from Richardson.
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Cade Pope was home sick from school the week before Christmas. He needed “something to occupy his time” so he asked his parents if he could write to every professional football team.
Cade wrote 32 letters -- one to the CEO, owner or president of each team.
On Dec. 26, Cade sent 16 letters to the NFC teams. On Jan. 5, he sent 16 letters to the AFC teams.
Cade’s letter read, "My family and I love football. We play fantasy football and watch NFL games every weekend. My parents are St. Louis Ram's fans. My brother is a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I don't have a team to cheer for yet. I am ready to pick an NFL team to cheer on for a lifetime!"
Cade's mom Heather Pope said he didn’t really have one team he wanted to hear from, he just wanted to see what kind of response he’d get.
Last Thursday, a delivery man arrived with a box from the Panthers.
Cade found an autographed Luke Keuchly helmet and a handwritten note from Richardson that read:
We would be honored if our Carolina Panthers became your team. It would make you proud by the classy way we would represent you. You will love Luke Keuchly, Thomas Davis, Cameron Newton, Greg Olsen and all of our players.
Founder and Owner
The letter now resides in Cade’s room. Pope said it’s the gesture that impressed her the most.
"It's not the merchandise, it's not the items they sent us," she told ABC News. "It's what they tell us. Why he should be their fan."
Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:12 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33.
"It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. "There are many emotions when you come up short on your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life."
He went on to express his gratitude to the organization, his teammates, the Eagles and the fans.
To read the whole post, click here.
It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a postitive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced. Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win. Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship) Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are. And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams. Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 2:01 PM
GASTONIA, N.C. — A North Carolina woman has won a prize that would be any football fan's dream.
As winner of Bud Light's Super Bowl Tickets for Life sweepstakes, Amy Stronger of Gastonia will receive four tickets to every Super Bowl game for the next 30 years, WSOC reported.
The benefits start next weekend with an all-expenses-paid, four-day trip to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 1:04 PM
BROCKTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts bakery is busy designing a sweet treat to share with fans Monday at the Patriots Super Bowl send-off.
Montilio's Baking Company is working on a 16-foot cake that will be delivered by truck to Gillette Stadium, Boston25News reported.
And the bakery has also found another way to show off its Pats pride before the big game.
"We've just banned all the Philadelphia cream cheese ... and any cream cheese products that come from there or have the name on it," bakery owner George Montilio said.
Montilio's isn't the only one banning certain products before next Sunday.
Dottie's Donuts in Philadelphia announced it won't sell any “New England themed” menu items until after the Super Bowl. A museum in Philadelphia has temporarily renamed its Patriots Gallery. And the Esplanade has banned all things Philly - including cream cheese, cheesesteaks, Sylvester Stallone and bald eagles.
The owner of Montilio's says he loves a friendly rivalry, and knows customers and fans feel the same way, Boston25News reported.
If you want to see what the bakers are working on - you'll have to head out to the Super Bowl send-off Monday morning.
Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
— Vince McMahon is bringing back the XFL.
In a highly touted announcement made at 3 p.m., the WWE founder and chairman announced the new professional football league, the first incarnation of which was announced in 1999, is returning.
Coming in 2020, McMahon says the league will be “football reimagined” and have a championship game. McMahon said the game will be faster-paced than NFL football.
Teams will be in eight cities, which will be announced in the coming months, according to ESPN. Team names will follow the cities announcement.
Before the announcement, CBS Sports reported that McMahon would be announcing the 2020 return of the defunct league.
The original XFL, which McMahon co-owned with NBC, only lasted one season in 2001.
“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told ESPN. “A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You were the one who screwed this up,’ or ‘You made this thing a success.’”
McMahon will be the only owner of all the league’s teams, and said players will not be able to make political statements while on the field.
“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.
“I can say, ‘Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules.’”
During the news conference Thursday, McMahon said “it would be appropriate” for players to stand during the national anthem. He also said players with criminal records would not be able to play in the league. Salaries have not been determined, but winning players will make more money. Rosters will have 40 players. The regular season will have 10 games and a postseason with to semifinals.
McMahon said the XFL will listen to sports experts and fans when it comes to nicknames on the back of jerseys and other gimmicks. The original league gained attention from nicknames like “He Hate Me” on Rod Smart’s Las Vegas Outlaws jersey.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN the league would not comment on the XFL.
“We aren’t going to have much of what the (original) XFL had, including the cheerleaders, who aren’t really part of the game anymore,” McMahon said. “The audience wants entertainment with football, and that’s what we are going to give them.”