Twitter in Charlotte erupted Tuesday when Carolina Panthers players participated in one of the community’s most popular Halloween traditions: athletes dressing as superheroes to cheer up children at Levine Children’s Hospital.
This year marked the 14th trip, and it included rookies Christian McCaffrey, Taylor Moton and Alex Armah visiting patients.
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McCaffrey was Captain America, Moton visited in a Batman costume and Armah selected a Harry Potter-themed wizard getup for the kid’s enjoyment.
Uncle Sam, a ninja, Woody from “Toy Story” and a ballerina hippopotamus also joined the Panthers group along with team mascot Sir Purr.
Prior to the Halloween holiday, kicker Graham Gano and a few other Panthers made the trip, to spread some cheer and meet with a few of the children and their families at the beginning of October. Specialists Gano and Michael Palardy, along with safety Mike Adams, signed footballs, handed out Panthers apparel and took photos during their visit.
Comments on Twitter lauded the team and the players for their act of kindness, including several who noted 6-foot-5, 291-pound Motion was likely the biggest Batman ever. A few also noted that Luke Kuechly has long been known as Captain America on the team.
“Luke’s not going to be happy,” tweeted one fan.
“There are far more good guys and good stories in the NFL than the general public is privy to,” tweeted Dr. Richard Watts.
“Great group of super heroes...and the BIGGEST Batman I’ve ever seen!” tweeted David Wilson.
“Batman is a beast,” tweeted Angela Holder.
The 234-bed Levine facility is located on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center, two miles from Bank of America Stadium. During their visit players spent time passing out candy and bringing holiday festivities to children.
Here are a few of the tweets sent out during the visit: