I know during the offseason it's cliche to talk about winning a championship. Yet one of the reasons I love Jon Beason's leadership qualities so much is you can feel the passion in what he is saying to which he then follows up with on-the-field action and results. The guy is natural leader there is no doubt.
Yet in 2013 Beason is faced with yet another difficult challenge beyond rehabbing a serious injury. While watching the 2012 season unfold he witnessed a rookie LB come in and play lights out at his MLB position. Today there is little doubt Luke Kuechly will man the middle of the Panthers defense in 2013 so what of Beason? He essentially has to accept a position change which is not something many Pro Bowl players would take in stride. Beason on the other seems to have the proper perspective in my view:
Jon Beason on moving positions: 'I want to win a ring' | NFL Football | The State
"Going into my seventh year, you think about things like legacy and all of that stuff becomes important to you," Beason said. "But it’s really about winning a ring. When my career is over, I want to win a ring. I’ve done great things, big things but I also know I have the ability to play outside. Watching Luke, watching him mature and make plays and seeing how dynamic he is, I just want to get out there and do the same thing. "We can be scary good with that front we have, Thomas Davis. We could be the best in the league and that’s the goal, so I want to be a part of the best defense and win championships, starting with one first obviously."
So in accepting his changed role Beason has indicated that he truly is okay with the move because he has his eye on the right thing. He's not worried about stats and awards, he just wants to a part of a winning team, regardless of position he plays.
We should not understate how important these types of statements are from a guy like Beason. We all know of certain players around the league who would be upset, express dissatisfaction or even ask for a trade. Even worse, say nothing but fume about it internally and cause locker room issues during season. Nope, I can almost guarantee you will not see that from Jon Beason. The consummate team player, that will be his legacy. That and hoisting the Panthers first Lombardi Trophy and getting his ring!