CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Carolina’s Ryan Kalil says he won’t be talking about the Super Bowl this preseason.
The Panthers three-time Pro Bowl center created a stir days before the start of training camp last July when he took out a full page advertisement in the Charlotte Observer and wrote about the Panthers being “Super Bowl XLVII champions!”
That didn’t happen.
The Panthers started 2012 slow and finished the season 7-9, failing to make the postseason.
Kalil doesn’t regret taking out the ad, saying he meant it as a rallying call for fans – not as a prediction.
While he feels just as strongly about this year’s team, Kalil says the lesson he and his teammates learned is the need to stay focused on the task at hand and not look too far ahead.