Player Spotlight: CB Captain Munnerlyn

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

41 days and counting...

Fun Facts About The Number 41

Symphony number 41 was the last symphony of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Brian Piccalo, who was the inspiration for the movie, Brian's Song, wore number 41 for the Chicago Bears.

Hall of Fame MLB pitcher Tom Seaver wore number 41.

Roger Bannister was wearing race number 41 when he famously broke the four minute mile for the first time ever in 1954.

Can you name the 41st state?

CB Captain Munnerlyn

It's hard to believe that Captain Munnerlyn is the Panthers' only remaining pick from the 2009 NFL Draft. It's sad, but true. As far as I'm concerned, he was a steal.

Let's take a quick look at Captain's career stats for a moment.

Solo Assists Total Sacks PBU INT TD FF
2009 39 5 44 0 1 0 0 1
2010 41 4 45 0 9 3 1 0
2011 43 15 58 2 5 0 0 1
2012 48 13 61 0 7 2 2 1

Eye test aside, even the most skeptical Munnerlyn antagonists would have to admit that those are some very solid career statistics. Advanced metrics will even tell you that he is currently one of the best slot cornerbacks in the NFL.

But some things cannot be measured. Like the size of the heart.

When I think about Captain Munnerlyn, the football player, I'm impressed. Number 41 never backs down from a challenge, and is always beaming with self-confidence despite his below average stature. Of Course, he's always been a fighter.

Number 41's battle for survival began at birth a little over twenty-five years ago in Mobile, Alabama where he came into this world three month early weighing a mere three and a half pounds. Captain's dubious beginning in life was only a foreshadowing of what he would have to endure throughout his childhood.

Not only was his father murdered, but one of his older brothers was convicted of murder, and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

The crime-infested streets of Captain's neighborhood had already devoured two of his closest relatives, and was now threatening to swallow him whole as well.

Think about this: Getting high was essentially a street corner away. Dealing drugs was only a connection away. Incarceration was just a siren away. Death was merely a breath away. But Captain chose a different path, and look where he is now.

A 5' 8" dynamo of a cornerback earning a handsome living by playing professional football in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. Don't you know, momma sure is proud.

When I think about Captain Munnerlyn, the man, I'm inspired. In the face of tremendous adversity, he beat the odds, and continues to do so today.

How about you CSR? What obstacles will you overcome today?

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