The Panthers are my favorite team for a multitude of reasons, and not all of them have to do with me just attending my first NFL game at then Ericsson Stadium. So, for all the people wondering what this team is about, I've compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to be a Carolina Panthers fan. We will put a new reason up each Tuesday...

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The Panthers are my favorite team for a multitude of reasons, and not all of them have to do with me just attending my first NFL game at then Ericsson Stadium. So, for all the people wondering what this team is about, I've compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to be a Carolina Panthers fan. We will put a new reason up each Tuesday...

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10 Reasons to be a Carolina Panther Fan: #7

I've often been asked, "Why are you a Panthers fan?" <br><br>The Panthers are my favorite team for a multitude of reasons, and not all of them have to do with me just attending my first NFL game at then Ericsson Stadium. So, for all the people wondering what this team is about, I've compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to be a Carolina Panthers fan. We will put a new reason up each Tuesday...<br><br>

Kickoff Game of the 2003 season. Jake Delhomme goes under center to start the second half at quarterback, engineering the greatest comeback in franchise history. He overcomes a 17 point deficit in just two quarters of football to give his Carolina Panthers the victory over Jacksonville, and many think, the motivation and determination to win the NFC Championship. He secures himself as a starting quarterback, to eventually be a Super Bowl quarterback.

So, being the fiery, passionate person that Jake is on the field, and knowing he is now the starting quarterback of a great football team, he could definitely be a jerk to every fan waiting outside the stadium to talk to him. Instead, he takes time to sign everything any fan has to offer. He stands to talk to every fan that wants to talk to him. He is in no hurry to get home and revel in his success; he is still trying to please the fans off the field.

Jake Delhomme went to a small school (by NFL standards), and played for the New Orleans Saints for several years, even getting cut by them on a few occasions. Despite all of this, Delhomme persisted. He trained harder. He played harder. He strove to be the quarterback he knew he could be. Instead of getting downtrodden about being a third string quarterback, he practiced more.

He is one of the many stories on this team that persevered in the face of adversity, instead of letting adversity overcome.

When Jake Delhomme came to Carolina, he was utilized a moderate amount in preseason. Many people assumed Jake would maybe still be a number two or even a number three quarterback, as many screamed for Chris Weinke to start after a great preseason. However, when Rodney Peete was pulled from the Jacksonville game, Jake Delhomme was thrust into the huddle, and the stadium absolutely erupted.

Those that were at the game will most likely never forget this moment in time; Jake Delhomme didn't jog into the huddle the first time. He ran. Instead of calling the play, he got fired up. He took control. He pointed, he yelled, he shook his fists. All of this occurred in just a few seconds. Jake Delhomme ran through the entire spectrum of emotion in under five seconds. While any quarterback could do it, those that saw it knew.

We were going to win that game, no matter what, and this is the guy that would do it.

Jake Delhomme is a rare commodity. He's the kind of guy that will still do what he was doing before the NFL. He is unchangeable, but definitely tough on himself. He puts himself through all kinds of misery, pain, and hard work in order to ensure that he is a better player, quarterback, and person.


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