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Jerry Richardson called me this morning! Not a joke

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There's three ways to respond to this:

A) It's truth and JR apparently makes house calls

B) The poster is a liar looking for attention

C) The poster has been experimenting with some hallucinogens I would like to get a hold of

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I do know JR has invited people to lunch and called people after sending feedback. Don't know why the OP would make it up.

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damn man i didnt know i would get 1000x questions i thought everyone seen the report the same as me....it was like news 14 or fox's morning show or some thing like that

i found the link here you go ladies

http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-panthers-101008,0,3296.story

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This week I sent a ranting email about the state of this franchise to [email protected]. The only response I received was an email asking for my phone number "in case they needed to contact me". This was on Monday and this morning I woke up to a phone call from Mr. Jerry Richardson himself (in Chicago for labor talks) concerning the email I had sent. Obviously I was pretty stunned but did manage to ask some of the questions I had put into the email about the franchise.

First I told him it was an honor to speak with him and I have always been and always will be a Panther fan. Throughout the conversation I realized that everything he was telling me was pretty much what we all believe already. He is cutting costs because of the labor issue and is completely thinking long term, he mentioned 20 or 30 years down the road, and from what I could get out of him he believed in going young and seeing what this team could do while at the same time not spending. I don't think he thought we would be this bad and was just hoping that we could manage with this team for this one season.

I also asked him about cutting salary but raising ticket prices. He responded by giving me information about the costs of utilities and running the stadium going up so he claims he had to. In response to the cutting salary he said we are the 11th lowest salary and to look at the Cowboys who have one of the highest but are still 1-3.

I told him that I was concerned about finally beginning to establish a real Panther fan base over these last 15 years and now running the risk of losing a lot of fans with people believing he does not care about this season or the team which he responded by saying "what do you think all those people will do when we start winning again?"

So basically I just heard it straight from the horses mouth the exact same thing most of us already knew.

I believe you. I have known this family for quite a long time, and Mr. Richardson is just the type of person who would do this.

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Sep 14 1997 I traveled out to San Diego, CA to watch the team play. I waited for the team buses to arrive by the gate at Qualcomm Stadium. I held up a Sign that said "GO PANTHERS!! All I want for My Birthday is A Panthers Win!!" To my surprise the bus STOPPED and Mr. Richardson got off the bus and talked with me for about 25 minutes. Even back then he was asking things about what fans thought and was very candid.

I will always think he is the BEST NFL Owner after that visit!

I have the pic to prove it......I will try to post it if anyone thinks I'm full of CRAP!

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someone should try and get this to happen, and prove it happened with a voice recording. there's apps you know, and that would make it believable. otherwise....it may as well be in the tabloids.

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I want to believe this, it's not unheard of for JR to reach out directly to fans like this... but I would need some sort of proof before I could totally buy it.

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Why can't JR hold a press conference or get on WFNZ and say these things to all Panthers fans at once?

It wouldn't improve our record, but it would help calm people down quite a bit.

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JR has also stopped by Huddle Tailgates and asked opinions.

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Why can't JR hold a press conference or get on WFNZ and say these things to all Panthers fans at once?

It wouldn't improve our record, but it would help calm people down quite a bit.

Never has never will.... He does not want the spotlight on him. If you want an owner like that cheer for the cowboys.

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It has happened before. I was just being an ass with my first response. I would like to believe you, but it's natural to have some skepticism especially with no way to prove what you say.

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