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Farewell to Jon Beason

Oct 04 2013 05:28 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
A few months back, before training camp started, I did a commercial photo shoot for RSP Nutrition that featured Jon Beason in product placement shots. Jon arrived with a friendly smile and handshake.
A few months back, before training camp started, I did a commercial photo shoot for RSP Nutrition that featured Jon Beason in product placement shots. Jon arrived with a friendly smile and handshake. He looked liked the Jon Beason of old. But did he feel like he Jon Beason of old? I have had a few photo shoots with Jon among other social interactions. I'd consider him more of a friend than an acquaintance.

"How ya feeling Jon" I asked, expecting his usual upbeat "ready to go" or "getting better every day". If Beason is anything, its an optimist.

Instead he replied with a "We'll see" with a hint of unsureness. I knew then something was up.

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Since then, Jon Beason has worked through the pain of micro fracture surgery. He already has done what most people could not do in making it back to the NFL playing field. Motivation has never been a problem with Jon.

Last night's trade announcement, while heartbreaking for Panthers fans, is probably the best thing for all parties involved.

Once his salary was restructured to allow Beason to become a Free Agent at the end of the 2013 season, I knew this would be his last season as a Panther. Beason is a middle linebacker, and a good one at that. With the rise of Luke Kuechly as the best MLB in the game, Beason staying in Carolina would mean he would not be in a situation to be the very best football player he can be. If you know Jon Beason at all, you know that fact would not sit well with him.

The New York Giants give Beason a real opportunity to get his career back on the middle track it needs to be on.

In return, the New York Giants get a linebacker with tremendous leadership, work ethic, and a willingness to play through pain.

The Panthers gain a late round draft pick. In a 2014 draft that will be heavy in offensive line for the Panthers, that is nothing to laugh at. Considering starting right tackle Byron Bell was never even drafted, a seventh round offensive line gem of a pick is not too hard to imagine.

Win - Win - Win

Will there be a leadership void left on the defense? You bet. But with Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly on the team, it won't take long for it to be filled.

All in all, we should all be grateful to Jon for the good memories he provided over the years in a Panthers uniform.

I know I'll be pulling for 52 in New York, and so should you.

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Yea, I doubt they retire his number.. that will be for Smitty.. and hopefully Cam someday

Not a chance that Beason's number gets retired.  He did not do enough to come close to warranting that honor.

 

Most teams retire numbers as fan favorites and as a way for the organization to show their appreciation for the players and his relationship with the fans.

 

Does anyone here even know if the Panther organization has an established criteria for retiring numbers?

 

Right now? John Kasay and Steve Smith are likely the only two players, past or current, who are likely to receive this honor.

 

 

 

 

bleh a late round draft pick for a real good MLB.


Sorry Jon.. your worth way more than that.

I don't really post on here, but damn. Beason is one of the best leaders this team has ever had and I'm seriously going to miss him. I'm so happy that he gets to go somewhere to play the mike, but his presence will undoubtedly be missed. Bye Jon Beason, you're one of my favorite players in the game.

Thanks for giving it your all and being a class act, that's all a fan can ask for. I wish him nothing but the best in NY (except when you play us!).

bleh a late round draft pick for a real good MLB.


Sorry Jon.. your worth way more than that.

 

The worth of anything is determined from what another will pay for it.

 

Beason is nowhere near the elite MLB that he was a few seasons ago.  He has had 3 surgeries in 17 months and has struggled to regain even starting quality form.  Blackburn was a major upgrade to him based on the way he had performed.

 

I loved Beason as a player, but the injuries were just too much to overcome.

I'm still sad

A class act.

Draft pick is undisclosed according to panthers.com

http://pnth.rs/1e005Kb

"It was very tough (to trade Beason) because of what he has meant to this organization, to this team, to the defense and to the linebackers," Rivera said. "He texted me this morning and said, ‘I want to make sure everybody knows I truly appreciate everything, and I love the guys in the locker room.'"

Hail and farewell Jon and thank you for your time with the Panthers.

Zod, thank you for the insight.

One of my favorite Panthers

 

That pick against Kurt Warner on that bright  Sunday afternoon (2010?) sealing a very tough victory for us on a day when Kurt was truly on fire is the way I will remember you my friend.  What a play. 

..I love the Beast...never thought it would go down this way... what is it with our freakin LB's, they're jinxed.

The worth of anything is determined from what another will pay for it.

 

Beason is nowhere near the elite MLB that he was a few seasons ago.  He has had 3 surgeries in 17 months and has struggled to regain even starting quality form.  Blackburn was a major upgrade to him based on the way he had performed.

 

I loved Beason as a player, but the injuries were just too much to overcome.

That is the thing.  Who couldn't like Beason?  He worked for everything he got and was the heart of the defense for years.  He was a pro-bowler and play maker.  My feelings have been one of sadness that he hasn't recovered and might never be anything but a shadow of his former self. It has been painful to watch him play and realize he has lost more than a few steps. I hope I am wrong and he comes back 100%.  But both the achilles and micro-fracture injuries were potentially career ending. It reminds me of Stephen Davis, he came back from micro-fracture but he never played as well as he did before. If work ethic can make the difference then he has a good shot to come back.  That was never in doubt. At least New York gives him the best shot to start.

Most teams retire numbers as fan favorites and as a way for the organization to show their appreciation for the players and his relationship with the fans.

 

Does anyone here even know if the Panther organization has an established criteria for retiring numbers?

 

Right now? John Kasay and Steve Smith are likely the only two players, past or current, who are likely to receive this honor.

 

The equipment manager Jacki Miles has some numbers he won't give out. They aren't retired but he feels strongly about the numbers and won't let them go for just anybody. The two I can think of right now are 51 and 4.

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Jon Beason will always be a legend to me. Gave everything he had, even when he had nothing to give.

 

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Don't you start this shitte.  My kid read that book 5 nights a week.  He is still a preteen and innocent and things that have happened when he was a kid are special and I now hate you.  This sucks enough as it is.  I am going to whip your ass!!!!!

 

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We'll see him plenty on sunday & Monday night football. Giants are always playing

The equipment manager Jacki Miles has some numbers he won't give out. They aren't retired but he feels strongly about the numbers and won't let them go for just anybody. The two I can think of right now are 51 and 4.

 

Well, Sam Mills' #51 is the only number officially retired by the Panthers, that's why Miles doesn't issue it.

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koolkatluke
Oct 05 2013 11:02 AM

Even in a lost season his leadership showed.

 

 

 

 

Sad to see that this is the end-of-road-300x245.jpeg for Jon here.  I 'll be rooting for him to beast mode on every team except while playing against our Panthers.

still leave the beast. will always be a fan

What the!

I leave the huddle 3 days, i almost made it right into the hole (6 feet under) and when i am back Beason is leaving..

Sigh.

 

Farewell Jon, Thank you for everything, i wish you luck with the Giants, they need a play.. warrior like you bad.

Take care.

 

I agree I don't know how to feel. I know for a fact it is better for the organization for Beason and for the Giants so I should be happy.

But I feel .........meeeeeehhhh!

Kind of like when you get rid of your favorite recliner for a furniture upgrade.

He will be missed.

 

well said!!