Thursday, January 27, 2005

Manimal

Julius Peppers has proved to be an extreme up and coming star to the Carolina Panthers. Native born Carolina resident, Peppers has been selected by the Committee of 101 as a recipient of a 35th Annual NFL 101 Award.

From the official site of the Carolina Panthers

The Committee of 101 announced today the award winners of the 35th Annual NFL 101 Awards, the nation's only awards event dedicated exclusively to the National Football League. One of the six recipients was Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who won NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Peppers posted 11 sacks in 2004, bringing his three-year total to 30. He intercepted two passes, one 46 yards for a touchdown and another 97 yards. Peppers scored another touchdown on a fumble return, and forced four fumbles.

Other winners were: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts (AFC Offensive Player of the Year), Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Offensivle Player of the Year), Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens (AFC Defensive Player of the Year), Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers (AFC Coach of the Year) and Jim Mora, Jr. of the Atlanta Falcons (NFC Coach of the Year).

"While the NFL has many individual players and coaches who turn in magnificent performances each year, the six recipients of the 2004 awards stood out among the very best," said Bill Nelson, Chairman of the Committee of 101. "We're thrilled to celebrate the return of two multi-year winners. We're also anxious to introduce four new NFL personalities to the 101 Awards Club, which we feel is the finest sports awards event of its kind in the nation."

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Absence of Smith

Everyone wonders what happen to the Panthers, why didn't they make it to the playoffs? They almost did, but does any one remember in game one of this past 2004 season for the Carolina Panthers.

Well in case you forgot, Steve Smith broke his fibula against the Green Bay Packers. I feel that his abesence has played a big part in the Panthers 7-9 season.

Notes on Smith
The first time in the preseason game he scored on a 52-yard reverse against Jacksonville.

The first time he in a regular season game he returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

The first time in a postseason game, he came one yard shy of a touchdown after a 70-yard reception, and the following game he scored the winnning touchdown in OT.

The first time in a Super he scored the Panthers' franchise touchdown.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Weird Season

This season in the NFL was one a lot of people didn't expect. Just wonder why it took half a season to get the Panther on the winning track. I guess so question are better left un-answered.