Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson turned 80 this month and received quite a gift from his team’s partners: A big-ass statue of himself holding a football, flanked by two ferocious, muscle-bound panthers. It must be awesome to be rich and have rich friends.
Todd Andrews, who created the piece, said that each panther had a purpose:
“Each panther represents more than one thing. One represents the offense, the other the defense. And because of what they are and who they’re standing next to, they represent North Carolina and South Carolina. And then you take all three of them together, and I think of them as three panthers because Mr. Richardson is definitely a Panther.”
The two panthers are really intimidating. They presumably represent the offense and defense when they’re not in the Super Bowl.