Yeargan Named Community Captain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Carolina Panthers have selected Brandon Yeargan, a senior linebacker at Charlotte Christian Schools (Charlotte, NC), as a 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain.

The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel in the classroom, in the community and on the football field. The program is designed to recognize outstanding young leaders and to encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.

Yeargan's selection is based upon his numerous efforts and abilities to uplift those around him in his community while exemplifying the role and responsibilities of a student-athlete. Yeargan maintains a 4.3 grade point average in the classroom. "My parents really push me in the classroom, regardless of football, they make sure the focus is school," said Yeargan. He has volunteered significant time in helping his community, his church, and those less fortunate than himself. "I want to make a difference," commented Yeargan. "I'm very involved with my youth group; each summer we've been going on mission trips to Tennessee and West Virginia. We do a lot of manual labor, work on houses, paint them, and rebuild them as well."

This Community Captain belongs to the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the Christian Education Leadership group. Yeargan has received recruitment interest from Duke, Wake Forest, Richmond, Furman, Wofford, Georgia Tech, William & Mary, and Princeton.

"Being named a Community Captain would be a terrific honor. It represents all the things that are important to me and the goals I've worked toward and accomplished," said Yeargan. "I would be very proud to be a Community Captain and would do my best to represent the Carolina Panthers."

The Community Captain Class of 2006 recipients so far this season are Kerry Neal of Bunn High School (Bunn, NC), Cameron Ford of T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC), Reid Phillips of Myers Park High School (Charlotte, NC), Gray Gardner of Camden High School (Camden, SC), Samuel "Quinn" Barham of Hillside High School (Durham, NC), and Brandon Yeargan of Charlotte Christian Schools (Charlotte, NC). Beginning with Week 1 and ending with Week 10 of the Carolina Panthers regular season schedule, the team will select ten elite high school student-athletes as Community Captains.

The 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony at the Panthers final regular season home game versus the Pittsburg Steelers on December 17th.

Winners will receive an authentic Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players. Recipients are also featured on the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Horse Trailer on

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