Carolina Panthers Owner Responds To 12-Year-Old's Letter Asking Why He Should Root For Their Team

| by Lisa Fogarty

A 12-year-old boy from Yukon, Oklahoma, who was once a St. Louis Rams fan, decided he needed to follow a new team, but couldn’t figure out which NFL franchise he should root for. So Cade Pope decided to ask the experts: he wrote letters to the owners of 32 NFL teams asking why they should get his support. And only one wrote him back.

The sixth grader wrote each letter by hand two weeks ago, according to his mother, and mailed them to each of the team’s owners. So far, one owner has responded: Jerry Richardson, founder of the Carolina Panthers, reports News on 6.

Richardson reportedly wrote back:

“Cade, 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 reportedly sent Cade a replica Panthers helmet signed by Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly, reports the Bleacher Report, and provided a list of players that the tween should follow.

Cade may have already made up his mind about his new favorite team: “If this is the only team that responds to me, I’m a Carolina Panthers fan,” he said.

Sources: News on 6, Bleacher Report/Photo Credit: News on 6,