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Hardy speaks about The Kraken in CO article...

This is an article in the Charlotte Observer written by Scott Fowler, and it's quite entertaining and enlightening. Here are a few interesting highlights... - Hardy's apparently super-tough on himself when he makes mistakes - going so far as to give himself an "F" grade for the first half of the season. The guy sets some pretty high standards for himself. - Charles Johnson says that Hardy has more natural ability than he does, and that he (Hardy) has the potential to be THE best DE in the NFL. The following in italics is an excerpt: Hardy considers a Kraken his alter ego, a part of his personality that always lurks below the surface. "The Kraken is a giant monster that just demolishes everything that moves," Hardy said. "On Wednesday or Thursday, I go down in my subconscious. I find him, and I unlock the cage. About Saturday he usually comes out. Then he's always out on Sunday. I don't control him then. What he does when I'm not there, I don't know." Hardy said all this with a smile, but this isn't a lark for him. He has called himself the Kraken so often in the Panthers locker room that his defensive teammates now take it as a matter of course, just part of what makes Hardy his offbeat self. "He gets real crazy before the game," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said of Hardy. "We just let him do what he wants to do. As long as he keeps making plays, we're fine with it. Keep calling yourself the Kraken."

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