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Panthers owner paying for every employee to attend Super Bowl 50


Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson clearly understands how taking part in a Super Bowl is a thing to be cherished, and he’s doing his part to make sure each and every member of the organization gets the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

As he did in 2004 when the Panthers reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, Richardson is footing the bill and paying for all of the organization’s employees to attend Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., to watch the team take on the Denver Broncos and enjoy the pomp and circumstance that is the NFL’s “Big Game.”

“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 Charlotte 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.”

When asked to comment on the costs associated with such a gesture, a Panthers spokesperson declined to reveal any specific details of what will provided to team employees, and whether such expenses as lodging, etc. were to be included.

Nevertheless, Richardson deserves credit for providing for such a memorable experience for all his team employees. And while he can of course easily afford the costs associated with such a gift, that shouldn’t take away from what he did, as not every NFL owner goes to such lengths to show their appreciation to all those who ensure the team operates in a functional — and ultimately successful — manner.