This is my first and last post in this blog. I have read this blog from time to time the last few years and really found it engaging. On this very sad day (my last day as a Carolina Panthers fan), I just wanted to share some thoughts.
I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1999. Being originally from Europe, I had no clue about American Football till 2001 when I moved to Charlotte and started following the Panthers to get my mind diverted. This little man Steve Smith was the only reason I continued following the game and became a Panthers fan as he made me forget my pain while watching him. He was an inspiration. He gave his heart and soul to anything he did in the field. He is the only sportsman whose jersey I bought (in 2005).
I had the privilege of meeting him in person a few days after he donated in charity after the Aurora movie theater massacre in 2012 (By the way, no other sportsman did). I just happened to tell him that he shares his birthday with my child. He immediately wrote a note to pass it on to her. Not many people will do that.
I don't have anything more to say about his game that you all don't know already. He is undoubtedly the best player that this team ever had. I never thought I will live to see this day so I maybe I am just venting and writing incoherent things. Just wanted to thank Steve for all the great memories as a fan. You will be severely and sincerely missed.
After today I don't think I will be able to support the Carolina Panthers anymore. This team has no heart or soul left. I never wish ill about anyone but seriously Dave Gettleman, "YOU WILL ROT IN HELL". And this is coming from someone who sees death from close quarters every single day.
I am not sure how many days God has left for me, but I really want to see this sometime this year: Carolina playing Steve's next team, Steve scores a brilliant touchdown, wipes the ball with his handkerchief and throws the handkerchief in the direction of Dave Gettleman wherever he is present. Just this scene will make my life worthwhile.