Started following the NFL when it first aired on british television in 1983.
Different teams shown every week, so didn't really follow a team liked Riggins and Darrell Green of the redskins
and Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen of the Raiders.
Decided to follow the Panthers the day the Frachise was announced - (luckily Jacksonville was granted later).
Used to follow the games on play by play on NFL.com.
Now usually get a stream of Panthers games if they are not on T.V. Don't like late games as we are 5 hours ahead
Channel 4 baby.
I remember those days too. I grew up a Miami fan with Marino, Duper and Clayton leading the way. I remember after they lost to the 49ers in the SB that I had found the team I hated the most too LOL. Having learned more about the game and being a sucker for the underdog I slowly began rooting for another team in the NFC west. Don't hate me for this guys but I became a fan of the Saints and the Dome Patrol led by a Mr Sam Mills. I would later visit America and the Superdome was the first stadium these eyes ever saw. We just drove by it but I remember being in awe of it. It looked like a space ship to me.
Later on while visiting NC I went into a sports store, at the time obviously the Panthers didn't exist but hanging in front of me as I walked in was a NO Saints 57 jersey. Rickey Jacksons jersey, the sack monster of the Dome Patrol. That right there was my first NFL purchase.
2 years later I would move to America in 94, Raleigh. 1 year later the Panthers came along and Bam, there you have it. I remember to this day being at work and checking out the paper when the expansion draft went down and seeing who we picked up, a bunch of hasbeens and never wases. Having the Panthers in the same division as the 9ers and Saints just made it even more special. Its been nothing but the men in black and blue for me ever since. I like many felt it was a team made specially for me. Getting to watch this team start from scratch has been awesome. I can honestly say I was there when I tell the grandkids years from now.