Player Spotlight: FB/TE Richie Brockel

Streeter Lecka

47 more days.

Fun Facts About The Number 47

Tiny Pitcairn Island, located in southern area of the Pacific Ocean is exactly 47 square miles.

The pit stop service area at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is exactly 47 feet long.

The Geneva Convention protecting prisoners of war was originally signed by 47 nations.

Did you know that Anssi Vanjoki received a fine of $103, 600 for traveling 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone on his motorbike in Finland? It's true. This Nordic country bases their fines on an individual's annual income. The good news is that Vanjoki is still a very rich man.

A Boeing 737-300's exit door weighs exactly 47 pounds. The next time you fly, make sure someone strong is sitting in the exit row in case of an emergency. They may have to lift and move that door in order for you to survive.

Common Sense, the famous pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1776, was 47 pages long.

Theodore Geisel published 47 books in his lifetime. Can anyone tell me his pen name without looking it up?

Babe Ruth's home run record of 714 stood for 47 years until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974.

South Carolina has 47 State Parks.

FB/TE/HB Richie Brockel

There is nothing from Richie Brockel's career college statistics that would indicate future sustainability in the NFL.

Season Games Receptions Yards Touchdowns
2006 12 2 20 0
2007 13 12 104 4
2008 13 10 94 2
2009 9 8 75 2

Similarly, there is nothing from Richie Brockel's pro day performance that would suggest survival among the best football players in the world.

Height Weight Forty Vert BJ 3 Cone
6' 1" 251 lbs 4.90 30.5 9' 2" 7.02 rated him as the 25th rated fullback in the nation based largely on his lack of tangible college production.

Despite his pedestrian college statistics and average athleticism, the San Diego Chargers decided to give Brockel a shot as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and he was able to make it all the way to the final cuts before being waived on September 4th. His first NFL season would have to wait.

Nearly a year later the Panthers decided to take a chance on the former Boise State Bronco, and he's stuck ever since.

It seems like each of the past two offseasons, many of us have been guilty of leaving Brockel off of our 53 man roster predictions as each of the training camp cuts approach, but he always made it through.

Number 47 is the kind of guy that's easy to root for. His average speed and height gives the average fan like myself more motivation to conquer any obstacle before us. If a 'common guy' like Richie Brockel can defy the odds by making it in the NFL, then you and I can most certainly take our own dreams and turn them into reality. Right?

Not only has his hard-working, blue collar attitude been a welcome addition to this team, but his legendary touchdown(the annexation of Puerto Rico) in 2011 against the Texans has left an indelible mark in the minds of the Panthers' fan base for many years to come.

Richie "the mauler" Brockel(thank Cam Newton for the nickname) has found his niche with the Panthers: Blocking and special teams. As long as he continues excelling in these two areas, he will likely continue his run with Carolina for years to come, and I for one, will be rooting for him every step of the way.

CSR and all of Panther nation would like to wish Richie Brockel an early Happy Birthday(tomorrow, July 24).

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