A 12-Year-Old Wrote a Letter to Each NFL Team – See This Amazing Response!

What a classy, first rate response from a professional football team owner. It is something that young man will remember and cherish the rest of his life. A kind and thoughtful response from Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson shows true leadership. That one kind act will do more for the team than just about any other form of publicity and it was from his heart. Like the mother said, it wasn’t the merchandise, it was the gesture. You can’t put a price on it – Cade will now be a fan for life and one of their biggest promoters.


PHOTO: After a 12-year-old from Yukon, Oklahoma, hand-wrote letters to executives of 32 NFL teams, he was shocked to receive a personal response from the owner of the Carolina Panthers.

From ABC News:

After a 12-year-old from Yukon, Oklahoma, hand-wrote letters to executives of 32 NFL teams, he was shocked and delighted to receive a personal response from the owner of the Carolina Panthers, who have undoubtedly made a fan for life.

When Heather Pope’s son Cade was home sick from school the week before Christmas, he was “kind of bored” and “needed something to occupy his time,” so he asked his parents if he could write to every professional football team.

Cade penned 32 letters—-one to the CEO, owner, or president of each team.

Pope said they “decided to go that higher route” because “getting a response from them would be harder but more meaningful.”

“So we weren’t quite sure what we could get back, if we could get back anything,” she added.

On December 26, Cade sent 16 letters to the NFC teams. On January 5, he sent 16 letters to the AFC teams.

A letter to Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was in the first batch.

Cade wrote, “My family and I love football. We play fantasy football and watch NFL games every weekend. My parents are St. Louis Ram’s fans. My brother is a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I don’t have a team to cheer for yet. I am ready to pick an NFL team to cheer on for a lifetime!”

Pope said, “With Christmas and different activities it took him about three weeks to hand-write all of those letters.”

“He didn’t really have one team that he wanted to hear from,” she said. “He just wanted to see what kind of response he’d get.”

Last Thursday, Pope was pulling into her driveway when a delivery man arrived with a box from the Panthers.

Cade was still at school, but she texted him a photo. “I asked him to guess which team it was and gave him a hint that they were in the playoffs. The Panthers was his first guess.”

When Cade came home he opened the package to find a signed Carolina Panthers helmet as well as a handwritten note from Richardson.

Pope said the first line of Richardson’s “kind response” stood out most. The team owner wrote, “‘We would be honored if our Carolina Panthers became your team. We would make you proud by the classy way we would represent you.'”

Richardson also “talked very highly of some of his players.”

Pope said Cade was “overjoyed that he got that kind of response.”

Richardson “takes fan mail extremely seriously,” said Panthers Director of Communications Steven Drummond. “He is one of those owners who will get the mail every day and read it and always write handwritten responses.”

While the letter now resides in Cade’s room, Pope says it’s the gesture that impressed her most.

“It’s not the merchandise, it’s not the items they sent us,” she said. “It’s what they tell us. Why he should be their fan.”

As I was growing up, sports was a very personal and special thing. It gave you hope and made you strive for a better you – to excel, to become the very best you could be and to learn how to be a team member. I would tell Jerry Richardson that he is adored by his fans and that he touched so many hearts by doing this one act of kindness and by adding the human touch once more to professional sports. I no longer watch football as my interests lie in the geopolitical realm these days, but after reading this, I think I will make it an event to make sure I catch the Carolina Panthers and their games. They embody the true meaning of what it means to be a professional team with heart.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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