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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to pay for entire staff to go to Super Bowl 50

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson hits a drum before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson hits a drum before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. AP

Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson will pay the way for all staff members and interns to travel to the Bay Area for his team’s second Super Bowl appearance.

Richardson did the same thing in 2004 when the Panthers went to Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.

“Mr. Richardson understands that this memorable season would not have been possible without harmony and a complete team effort,” team president Danny Morrison said in a statement to the Observer. “This is not unprecedented as he also provided an opportunity for the Panthers staff to travel to the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. It’s an incredibly gracious gift.”

A Panthers spokesman declined to comment on the details of the gift and whether it included hotel accommodations or other expenses.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton discussed what the Super Bowl means to the team following Sunday's victory in the NFC Championship vs the Arizona Cardinals.

Carolina Panthers fans crowded the team's store at Bank of America Stadium Monday afternoon.

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