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1 Aug

Carolina Panthers Training Camp [VIDEO]

Saturday, I took a trip to Spartanburg, SC to attend the first Training Camp practice of the Carolina Panthers.  Now, I know you're thinking, "Aren't you a Saints fan?"  Indeed, I am.  You've been paying attention.  However, aside from being a Cam Newton fan, I'm a football fan, so I was glad to have the opportunity to check out a little football, regardless of the team.  The Panthers celebrated the start of their training camp with a Back to Football party at Gibbs Stadium Plaza on the campus of Wofford College from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with live music, cheerleaders, food, and fun for the kids.  Practice immediately followed the party from 6:30-8:30 p.m., after which players took the time to sign autographs, greet the fans, and thank everyone for coming out before heading to the locker room (Cam signed my Auburn National Championship t-shirt!). 







As the team trickled out onto the field you could feel the anticipation of the crowd for the arrival of their team's newest star.  Jimmy Clausen came out first to a few cheers, but when Cam Newton ran came out on the field, the crowd erupted into applause and cheers.  Cam Newton is clearly a crowd favorite.  The fans were eager to see him take a few snaps and connect with his teammates and they were not disappointed.  Not only did Cam look good for his first practice as a NFL ($22 million) player, but Jimmy Clausen looked good as well.  Both made great plays that wowed the crowd.  The two quarterbacks auditioning for the starting spot showed a sign of healthy, friendly competition as Jimmy initiated a fist bump with Cam. 







Overall, for the first time hitting the field, the team looked good from the offense to the defense.  I suspect that we will see a lot fewer empty seats at Bank of America stadium this season, not only because of their newest young star, but because I believe this will be a team to watch. 






(Images and video are my own)

Tamara Marbury
  • The Lady GM

    Great post!
    Its nice to get a different, up close glimpse of training camp, and of course, OUR Cam Newton.
    Words can't explain how excited I am for football!

    August 1, 2011 at 12:57 am
  • Mollie


    August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • willie hogan


    August 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm
  • Edna

    Enjoyed this piece.  Keep 'em coming.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm