CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Kalil predicts the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl this season — and he put his money where his mouth is to prove it.
The Panthers three-time Pro Bowl center took out a full page advertisement in the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday boldly declaring fans will be rewarded for their unwavering support with a "one hundred-percent, sterling silver victory — the Lombardi Trophy."
That's a bold prediction for a team coming off a 6-10 season that hasn't won a playoff game since 2005.
But Kalil believes in his teammates.
In the 178-word letter Kalil says something special is happening in Carolina. He says there's "a sense of urgency, a winning attitude that I haven't seen before" and "fans will see it in the way that we play."