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Young Panthers coach drawing attention

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(Video credit: Carolina Panthers via YouTube user nflpanthersO7)

Eight-year-old Jack Bolton's stint Saturday as an associate coach for the Carolina Panthers is drawing attention across the country.

The Observer wrote about the Panthers granting Jack's wish on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Panthers posted a five-minute video of Jack signing a contract with General Manager Dave Gettleman, then meeting with Coach Ron Rivera and Panthers players before Saturday's Fan Fest. A fan uploaded the video onto YouTube, where it was then picked up by Yahoo! Sports and SI.com's Extra Mustard.

In the video, Rivera is shown reading from a letter Jack wrote during a meeting with the Panthers squad before Saturday's Fan Fest. In it, the young coach says he'll be "today I will be looking for mistakes when I'm on the field watching you guys."

Jack also wrote about what he'd been looking for from the defense and offense.

"But as long as you're doing you're best your fans will be happy," Jack wrote. "And even if you do lose some games you're fans will still be happy because everyone knows the Panthers are awesome.

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In case you missed it, here is our original report from Saturday:

The Panthers granted 8-year-old Jack Bolton his wish, making him associate head coach to Ron Rivera during Fan Fest.

General manager Dave Gettleman signed Bolton to a one day associate head coaching contract, and Bolton was given his own locker, uniform, challenge flag and whistle.

Bolton has spinal muscular atrophy, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Panthers learned of his wish: “I want to coach with Ron Rivera.”

After practice several Panthers visited with Bolton on the field to speak with him and sign autographs.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/03/4212254/fg-kicker-gano-nails-63-yarder.html#storylink=cpy

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