John Kasay spent 16 years with the Panthers as their place-kicker, but last week, he was released in favor of the team signing Olindo Mare. But Kasay doesn’t have hard feelings to the squad he joined in 1995. Instead, as he prepares to continue on with his life, he was determined to let the city of Charlotte know how he and his family feel about it.
So, he dropped off a letter at the Charlotte Observer’s office for columnist Scott Fowler, and he asked Fowler to disseminate the letter to as many people as possible. In short, it’s an awesome note.
Dear Panther fans,
I wanted to personally write this letter to every Carolina Panther fan. Words cannot express how truly thankful my family and I are for the most wonderful 16 years of our lives.
We came to the Panthers as a young family with a 3-month-old baby. We leave with 4 children, 2 of whom are in high school. In between, you have loved and cheered and blessed us way more than we ever deserved. The only thing I could offer in return was the promise that I would try my best, every day, to make you proud.
Thank you for your encouragement when I failed. Thank you for the celebrations when we won. And most of all, thank you for letting me leave with a treasure trove of memories that time cannot erase.
It is my hope that the greatest years in Panthers history are still to come. A franchise decorated with numerous Lombardi Trophies. Dozens of Hall of Fame players. And a region that swells with pride whenever they speak of their beloved Panthers.
It has been a tremendous privilege to live in Charlotte, to play for the Carolina Panthers, and to be able to share my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL with all of you.
I pray that this will be a wonderful season and we will all get to watch the Panthers return to their rightful place as one of the most feared teams in the NFL.
May God bless you. Thank you again for the memories.
Very cool way to say thanks and goodbye to the people who watched you for the last decade and a half.
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