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John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:57 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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.

Writes Kasay:

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.

Blessings,

John Kasay


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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:40 am
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans



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Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:32 pm
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Hawkman you have a point. I should not have directed my ire at Mare. He's simply the next "guy" brought in to do the job. To be an effective kicker, you have to have a lead foot, the capacity to forget your last outing like a relief pitcher, and be as consistent as a hooker at a Shriner's convention. You're only as successful as your last kick.

Fifteen years is a long time for a kicker to be with one team. Perhaps the classy thing for the Panthers to have done would have been to offer him the opportunity to: either retire with a John Kasay day or release him during the offseason. That's a conversation for another day.

However to all of you Olindo Mare fans, mea culpa!



p.s. - There's football on tonight......

Are ya'll ready for some FOOTBALL?



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:40 pm
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Very classy letter.  Its too bad not all athletes are like John Kasay.  Many are arrogant with a sense of entitlement that should be thankful for their god given gifts.  It is good to know there are still good guys out there.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:22 pm
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Kappa, why would karma include Mare missing a couple of kicks?  Mare's only in this equation because at this stage of his career he's a better kicker.  Kasay is at the end of a noteworthy career, and that's not Mare's fault.

I'm disappointed the Seahawks lost Mare.  I was glad when he beat out Coutu for the job two seasons ago, and grateful for his deep kickoffs in addition to his accurate placekicking. 

Classy act by Kasay.  Don't tarnish it by making his release something other than the cycle of life for an NFL player.



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:20 pm
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

I think you just described yoursel Mr. Swift and the rank of amatuer suits you wellf!!!  Nothing else to sat other than a fine, classy move by John Kasay!!!!



Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:02 pm
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Mr. Swift (and I use "Mr" lightly) has been cruising the blogs dropping off nuggets of stupidity all day...hes probably 13 and finally got permission to surf the web on without supervision...pay him no mind.

This is one of ythe classiest things any football player has ever done. Today I wish I were a Panthers fan...Well done...


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