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Why Panthers GM Dave Gettleman wore NFC title ring to training camp

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman wore his NFC championship ring, with a purpose, as Panthers returned to Wofford College in Spartanburg to begin training camp.
Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman wore his NFC championship ring, with a purpose, as Panthers returned to Wofford College in Spartanburg to begin training camp. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman is not a showy guy. He drove a beat-up minivan with more than 100,000 miles on it his first few years in Charlotte.

But Gettleman showed up at Wofford on Wednesday for the start of training camp wearing the diamond-studded, NFC championship ring the Panthers’ players, coaches and staff received in June.

“I think it’s important that we all understand what we accomplished last year,” Gettleman said.

Second-year linebacker Shaq Thompson said the ring ceremony at Bank of America Stadium last month helped him “turn the page” on the 2015 season, when the Panthers won their first 14 games and rolled through the postseason before falling to Denver 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

Gettleman waited a couple of months before watching a video of the game in April.

“I watched it before the draft only because I knew you guys were going to ask me about it,” Gettleman said Wednesday. “Hey listen, the score didn’t change. The bottom line is it’s over, it’s done. We got there and I think at the end of the day it will keep us hungry.”

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman met with the media Wednesday afternoon. Among the topics addressed, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's return to action.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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