Panthers long snapper J.J. Jansen is keeping a travelogue for the Observer on his experiences and observations from his first Pro Bowl trip.
The First 36 Hours:
I’m sure everyone can get the main sights and sounds of the Pro Bowl on ESPN or NFL Network. Here’s some of the behind the scenes experiences of the Pro Bowl from a guy who professionally looks at the world a little differently! (Hint: it’s upside down and between my legs).
First, Hawaiians takes their week on the national stage very seriously. As evidenced by a mad rush of autograph seekers headed towards me in the baggage claim at the Honolulu airport. Many knew who I was and that it was my birthday. I was feeling pretty important until I was asked to signed a photo of Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. I guess all specialists look alike!
When we arrived at the hotel, I was excited to find that most of my Panthers coaches had already arrived. However, I must admit that it’s weird being able to watch your bosses on their family vacation.
Finally, I’ve seen Jerry Rice three times at the hotel since we got here. Each time he has been running. I’m not entirely sure that he’s stopped! No wonder he was a first ballot Hall of Famer.
I’ll have more for everyone back home tomorrow. Aloha!
P.S. Thanks to my “slight” addiction and a 5-hour time change from Charlotte, I was waiting for the doors to the local coffee shop to open at 5:30 a.m. This Kona coffee is no joke!
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