This is unchartered territory for the Carolina Panthers. While they made the Super Bowl once before in 2003, this time the Charlotte franchise bulldozed their way to the big dance on the back of a staunch defence and unrelenting offence that has opposition coordinators in hysterics. Until 2015 the Panthers were a maligned franchise without the gravitas or history to enjoy, now that dynamic is drastically changing.
Since their inception in 1995, Carolina has been a steady and fairly unspectacular addition to the National Football League. With the introduction of Ron Rivera to the head coaching role to oversee the growth of Cam Newton at quarterback, the Panthers haven’t looked back. The league’s MVP in waiting threw a staggering 3.837 yards with 35 touchdowns to take the sport by storm and with a frame of 111kg at 6ft 5, the giant 26-year old QB is a colossus that will only get better.
While the mantra around team sports centres around the notion of “team first,” Newton’s stunning ascension into the elite class of modern day athletes is propelling the Carolina Panthers along with him. America cannot get enough of Cam as the humbly spoken superstar speaks candidly about his rise to fame, wears outrageous clothing to poke fun at himself and began a global phenomenon known as dabbing.
All of this makes for a fascinating journey and narrative to follow in the NFL. But Newton has had a lot of help on the field as well. The squad that flew under the radar now comprises of stellar names like Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman. This collection of young and hungry footballers will mean the Panthers will be a genuine Super Bowl contender for years to come.
That means fans and reporters alike have a lot to look forward to in San Francisco and beyond at Bank of America Stadium. So here are the essential Twitter accounts the #KeepPounding faithful should be following.
- The Panther Nation @IGpanthernation
If you’re one of those Twitter uses worried about getting offended easily then this account is probably not for you. The Panther Nation states that they are on a mission to “Keeping Panther fans engaged with original memes, edits and random talk.” Their Instagram account has a huge following that is only getting bigger as well and leading into SB50 we can see how pumped they are for the big show to get underway!
- CAR Panthers News @CarPanthersNews
Often the best accounts to follow from an NFL franchise are the ones that do all the work for you – the accounts that collate and engage with all the talking heads and breaking news specialists before providing their own unique twist on things. This is where CAR Panthers News comes into the fold, outlining that they are indeed the largest unofficial account providing all of the best information at supporter’s fingertips.
- Black & Blue Review @BlackBlueReview
Based in the heart of all things Panther in Charlotte, NC, Black & Blue Review post up-to-the-minute detail of news reports and sound bytes including player interview scheduling and announcements on the national anthem singer at the Super Bowl (Lady Gaga). The account is run exclusively by veteran reporter Bill Voth who is verse across sports radio, online and print news for the franchise.
- Libby Weihsmann @LibbyWeihsmann
Much like the Panthers themselves, reporter Libby Weihsmann is enjoying a tremendous start to 2016 as the talented journalist covers everything involved with the Panthers. Her growing list of credits demonstrate that we’re going to be hearing and seeing a lot more of her work beyond SB50. If you want Carolina football news, hit up Libby Weihsmann.
- David Newton @DNewtonespn
How could we give a number one spot to a Panthers account that didn’t have the last name “Newton”? David is a veteran in the field in every respect and the ESPN reporter is working overtime to churn out quality content with all the quotes, pictures and opinion pieces a Carolina fan could ask for.
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