Yeah that's...not really true.
The Panthers got loads of attention early for reaching the NFC Championship in only their second year. Seifert had em in the public eye in 1999 as well.
Marty got us some attention from 2002 to 2005 but then outside of 2008 we pretty much faded from view again till the Newton pick.
The notion that Marty brought us any kind of consistent prominence just isn't accurate.