I had a year left in the Navy and was in San Diego when the Panthers played that first game against Jacksonville, and had to watch the game at a buddy's house because we couldn't get it on the ship. We deployed to the gulf in September and I missed the whole first season. The ship printed a one page sports paper with only the scores, so that was my football updates for the season. I got out in September of '96 and came back to Roseboro, NC and haven't missed a game since. Even became a step-father and raised two more Panther fans. Now have two grandsons, 1 and 3, who have Panther jerseys, but don't really know anything about football yet. But I'm working on it.