So I know the feeling. 25 years in the Navy and I had to go. The military is a young man's job. When I left it hurt, it hurt bad. When I took that uniform off, I cried. I gave my youth to the Navy and this country, I poured my heart and soul into it. And when I had to go I cried and cried hard.
Think back to the Chicago game a couple of years ago when Jake got hammered. He was ranting and raving like a bull getting stuck with a hot cattle prod. But you knew, that was a mistake. Jake at that moment, wasn't gonna let us lose. Game Over. He willed his team to win, he did it more than once. Those come from behind wins, came from his nature to give it all.
You take all the passion, fire and desire to be the very best, away it is gonna hurt. BAD. Every year for about 5 yrs we talked about drafting this and that but rarely did we talk about QB. Except for the haters. We didn't need to. We had our leader. Jake was the man. God knows, I believe it was time for him to step down You don't play like he did and just shut it down. I could see this day coming.
Those of you the call him names and think it is about money. Get a life or go F_k yourselves. Not every player is about money. I would bet Jake would give all of it back to have his skill level back to where it was when he was on top of his game.
WOW truly unbelievable. The man was The Carolina Panthers and you think it is just a game. WTFever.
I couldn't agree more. My oldest Brother was in the Navy 12 years, similar situation. My Dad has been a Raleigh firefighter for 24 years, he doesn't want to retire because he loves it so much, and he loves the guys he works with, but he has to retire at 62.
Yes, Jake gets paid an exorbitant amount of money for what he does, but it's the passion that makes him who he is.
The ones who are jealous about the money and call Jake a pussy, are the very types of personalities I wouldn't want playing for the Panthers. Thank god none of you are good enough to suit up and play in the NFL...