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What Panthers fans gave up to come to the Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers fans have landed in San Francisco. They were quick to answer my questions the second I told them I was from Charlotte. Heart be still.

These eager people dropped some dollars to be here and I had to ask: Is it worth it?

Laura and Bobby Silver

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What you gave up to be here?

Bobby: Three days of work. We missed our girls’ basketball game.

Laura: I was supposed to go out of town with ladies from church.

Why is it worth it?

Bobby: Once in a lifetime, to come to the Super Bowl. More so to see the Panthers win. (Confidence!)

Laura: It’s extravagant. But not immoral. (Well said.)

Randy Stanley

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(Randy declined a photo. In all fairness he was still busy figuring out his Super Bowl attire purchase.)

What you gave up to be here?

A lot of money. I’m broke as a convict.

Why is it worth it?

The team that I root for, the Carolina Panthers, has not been very good in the past. Will they get the opportunity to go again? Will I get the opportunity to go again? (…There’s always next year?)

Laura Felfel

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What you gave up to be here?

I gave up work but that’s not really giving something up. It’s more like a double win. (Wisdom.)

Why is it worth it?

I can go to the Super Bowl any year, but when am I going to get to go that it’s our team?

Mary and Chuck Villier

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What you gave up to be here?

Chuck: We had to sell our two youngest children. (Everyone should learn to give me goofy answers like this.)

Why is it worth it?

Mary: You seize the moment.

Chuck: This is the last opportunity, we think.

Erik Dove

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What you gave up to be here?

Work.

Why is it worth it?

It’s the Super Bowl. The Panthers are here. That kind of says it all. (Way to keep it simple.)

Brett Ellis

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What you gave up to be here?

Other than a lot of money, nothing really. (Probably a couple of extra dollars on that T-shirt, too.)

Why is it worth it?

Just to support the team. (#keeppounding)

Bruce Hodge and Mary Beth McAvoy

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What you gave up to be here?

Bruce: Money.

Mary Beth: A few vacation hours. (When in Rome.)

Why is it worth it?

Bruce: It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Robert Inman and James Peeler

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What you gave up to be here?

Both: Vacation. (Still sounds nice.)

Why is it worth it?

James: Once in a lifetime. I don’t think I could afford to do this again. (You are not alone.)

Josh Featherstone and Melissa Gibson

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What you gave up to be here?

Josh: Almost my entire savings account. (Bless you.)

Melissa: My vacation hours.

Why is it worth it?

Josh: We’re on the ride. We might as well ride it ’til the end.

Did any of you Panthers party people give up something crazy to hop on the ride? An arm? A leg? Tweet at me @katietoussaint.

Photos: Katie Toussaint

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