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Panthers center Ryan Kalil takes out full-page ad predicting Super Bowl win (pic)

According to Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil, the NFL shouldn’t even bother playing out the upcoming season, just skip it entirely and name the Panthers Super Bowl champions

Perhaps that’s taking it a bit out of proportion, but Kalil did take out a full-page ad in Wednesday’s edition of the Charlotte Observer where he does in fact guarantee a tremendously successful season for the Panthers, up to and including not only a Super Bowl berth, but a Super Bowl victory.

Calling it a “a war cry to the fans,” Kalil’s 148-word opus predicts that the Panthers’ season will end in New Orleans next February with the team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy while confetti streams down from the upper reaches of the Superdome following Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

Said Kalil about his decision to lay it all on the line and make a guarantee for the ages even before training camp has kicked into high gear:

 “Every team says it every year, whether it’s publicly or not,” Kalil said. “They say they’re going to win the Super Bowl.

“We’ve said it in the past in meeting rooms and behind closed doors. This year’s different. There’s a sense of urgency, a winning attitude that I haven’t seen before. And it’s in the way we prepare. It’s in the way we approach each work day, and I think fans will see it in the way that we play.”

Kalil reportedly did not tell anyone about his plan and I’m sure that many members of the Panthers organization will be none too pleased about his decision to make such profound predictions in such an overt manner instead of keeping it, as he said, “behind closed doors.”

The Panthers, coming off a 6-10 season, are unlikely to be viewed as Super Bowl contenders even though the team saw the developing maturation and limitless potential of quarterback Cam Newton during his rookie season. Much more that that likely is needed for the team to be perceived as a championship-caliber squad, now or in the foreseeable future, but that did not stop Kalil from making his grandiose and very public claim.

The ad follows.

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A brash act, to be sure, but it is nevertheless a nicely worded tribute to the passionate Carolina Panthers fans. But then again, it does contain that pesky Super Bowl guarantee, which rarely, if ever, is a good idea by any stretch. I imagine Kalil’s teammates will not look favorably upon his impulsive, yet well-written, screed and subsequent publication in the local newspaper. But what’s done is done. I guess they’ll just have to go out and win the Super Bowl now. They probably don’t want their teammate to come off looking like a total liar and buffoon, right?

[Charlotte Observer]