A boy without a home football team now has one 1,100 miles away.
Cade Pope, a 12-year-old in Yukon, Okla., wrote all 32 NFL teams asking them why he should root for their team. Last week he got his first and only response back – a handwritten note from Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson.
In a report by KSLA 12 in Oklahoma City, Cade received the note from Richardson along with a replica Panthers helmet signed by All Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Cade had once been a St. Louis Rams fan because of quarterback Sam Bradford, who played college ball at the University of Oklahoma. But the report stated Pope had become “a free agent” and was in search of a new team.
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“I am ready to pick an NFL team to cheer on for a lifetime,” Pope, a sixth grader, wrote to every team.
Richardson wrote back.
“Cade, we would be honored if our Carolina Panthers became your team,” Richardson wrote. “We would make you proud by the classy way we represent you – you will love Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Cameron Newton, Greg Olsen and all of our players.”