Tag:John Kasay
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:23 pm

Saints to sign former Panthers kicker John Kasay

Posted by Will Brinson

This offseason, the Carolina Panthers made the curious decision to "get younger" by dumping 41-year-old kicker John Kasay, the only remaining member of the franchise's original roster, and paying 38-year-old Olindo Mare $12 million over four years.

Whatever, they were able to get someone who could kick the ball off and pile up touchbacks under the new rules. But Kasay isn't done with the NFL, and it looks like he could end up in the same division, as Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports that Kasay "is likely to sign a deal" with the New Orleans Saints in the near future.

Kasay's required because Garrett Hartley injured his hip on Sunday against the Raiders; the injury actually led coach Sean Payton to go for two-point conversions repeatedly against Oakland.

This isn't the first time Hartley's had an older kicker come in and try to steal his job -- just last year John Carney was added by the Saints in order to kickstart Hartley's leg after he choked a chip shot against the Falcons.

Things are obviously different now, as Kasay's simply insurance in case Hartley's injury keeps him out for the start of the regular season.

If that does happen, and Hartley's missing come Week 5, things could get kind of awkward for the Panthers when Kasay starts lining up for a 50-yarder to win things in Charlotte.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:57 am

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

John Kasay spent 16 years with the Panthers as their place-kicker, but last week, he was released in favor of the team signing Olindo Mare. But Kasay doesn’t have hard feelings to the squad he joined in 1995. Instead, as he prepares to continue on with his life, he was determined to let the city of Charlotte know how he and his family feel about it.

So, he dropped off a letter at the Charlotte Observer’s office for columnist Scott Fowler, and he asked Fowler to disseminate the letter to as many people as possible. In short, it’s an awesome note.

Writes Kasay:

Dear Panther fans,

I wanted to personally write this letter to every Carolina Panther fan. Words cannot express how truly thankful my family and I are for the most wonderful 16 years of our lives.

We came to the Panthers as a young family with a 3-month-old baby. We leave with 4 children, 2 of whom are in high school. In between, you have loved and cheered and blessed us way more than we ever deserved. The only thing I could offer in return was the promise that I would try my best, every day, to make you proud.

Thank you for your encouragement when I failed. Thank you for the celebrations when we won. And most of all, thank you for letting me leave with a treasure trove of memories that time cannot erase.

It is my hope that the greatest years in Panthers history are still to come. A franchise decorated with numerous Lombardi Trophies. Dozens of Hall of Fame players. And a region that swells with pride whenever they speak of their beloved Panthers.

It has been a tremendous privilege to live in Charlotte, to play for the Carolina Panthers, and to be able to share my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL with all of you.

I pray that this will be a wonderful season and we will all get to watch the Panthers return to their rightful place as one of the most feared teams in the NFL.

May God bless you. Thank you again for the memories.


John Kasay

Very cool way to say thanks and goodbye to the people who watched you for the last decade and a half.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:57 pm

Hot Routes 9.15.10: The Backpack Boys

Hot Routes are late today -- I apologize but it was unavoidable. (Things happened, and I did a Facebook chat. If you missed it, you should go back and check it out now .)

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  • Steve Breaston is part of a group of Arizona Cardinals called the "Backpack Boys." This isn't -- as I hoped -- because they were part of an awkward boy band on the side. It's because Adrian Wilson (High Point, represent!) named them that when they carried book bags around. And apparently, they just "make plays."
  • Rhys Lloyd is now offically back with the Panthers . This is a good thing for Carolina because a) Lloyd is hysterical, b) he plays lots of golf with Matt Moore and surely Matt Moore needs something good in his life right now and c) if John Kasay had to handle kickoff duty, his arthritis would really kick in.
  • Chad Ochocinco and Willis McGahee are involved a Twitter war leading up to the Cincinnati - Baltimore game this Sunday. I know it sounds crazy to say this, but this is the least shocking development of Week 2 in the NFL. I'm not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing for the world we live in, but it's something.
  • DeJuan Morgan has signed on with the Colts to help replace Bob Sanders. Obviously he can't do that entirely, but Morgan's a heck of a player and has plenty of talent, so he'll at least help.
  • Pretty cool shirt designed by the NFLPA to help raise money to fight concussions. Er, to benefit concussion/traumatic brain injury anyway. (Fighting concussions is kind of silly -- really only awareness can do that.)
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