John Kasay was an aboriginal Carolina Panther. He was the team's article in 1995, their aboriginal year in existence, and remained a Panther (and one of the league's best kickers) for the next 15 years. The aggregation appear him a brace of weeks ago. If there was any agnosticism about what Kasay meant to the team, or what the aggregation meant to Kasay, it was austere up if he wrote this acknowledgment letter to the team's admirers and asked Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer to advance the word. Here's the letter. The abounding argument of it appears afterwards the jump. Dear Panther Fans, I capital to alone address this letter to every Carolina Panther fan. Words cannot accurate how absolutely beholden my ancestors and I are for the a lot of admirable 16 years of our lives. We came to the Panthers as a adolescent ancestors with a 3-month-old baby. We leave with 4 children, 2 of whom are in top school. In between, you accept admired and animated and adored us way added than we anytime deserved. The alone affair I could action in acknowledgment was the affiance that I would try my best, every day, to accomplish you proud. Thank you for your advance if I failed. Acknowledge you for the celebrations if we won. And a lot of of all, acknowledge you for absolution me leave with a treasture-trove of memories that time cannot erase. It is my achievement that the greatest years in Panthers history are still to come. A authorization busy with abundant Lombardi Trophies. Dozens of Hall-of-Fame players. And a arena that swells with pride whenever they allege of their admired Panthers. It has been a amazing advantage to reside in Charlotte, to play for the Carolina Panthers, and to be able to allotment my life-long dream of arena in the NFL with all of you. I adjure that this will be a admirable division and we will all get to watch the Panthers acknowledgment to their applicable abode as one of the a lot of feared teams in the NFL.