The Carolina Panthers have been an absolute tour de force in the 2015 NFL season, losing just a single game throughout the entire campaign.
The Panthers have been incredible all over the field, with Luke Keuchly, Thomas Davis and Josh Norman locking things down on defense, while Cam Newton has directed the Carolina offense majestically as heads turn to the Super Bowl.
One of the reasons for Newton's impressive play has been his offensive line, with the unit opening holes in the running game and providing the quarterback with enough time in the pocket. One of those linemen, Michael Oher, was a free agent in the offseason and was personally recruited to the team by Newton.
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Newton revealed today that he started work on Oher a year ago, before free agency officially started, urging him to consider signing with the Panthers.
The Panthers QB said his pitch to Oher was the hardest he’s ever worked on trying to convince a player to sign with the Panthers.
“With the free agent pool, I’ve sent texts out before, called guys and said, ‘We’d love for you to be part of the team.’ But Mike was different,” Newton said.
“I didn’t say, ‘I want you to be here.’ It was, ‘I need you.’ That’s different. Want and need are two different words, and that’s what I used in that text, along with other explicit words before the ‘need.’ And I think he got the feeling from that.”
The Blind Side star has been impressive for the Panthers, especially considering the fact that a lot of people considered him washed up before the start of the season.