Confidence, outside of perhaps talent, is the number one thing you need to be a successful athlete. You have to have the belief that you are going to win if you are going to win. Do you think Michael Jordan or Jerry Rice went into each game thinking they don't have a chance? No, that would be crazy and this positive thinking should be attributed to everyone who plays in sports at any level.
For Ryan Kalil, center for the Carolina Panthers, he is not only confident about his team's chances heading into the season, he isn't afraid to share this confidence with the world either. On Wednesday. Kalil took out a full page ad stating his belief that the Panthers are going to shock the NFL world and win it all.
Here's what the ad had to say.
Why the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl XLVII.
Because we have to.
For eighteen years we've wanted, hoped, and tried…
But no more.
A moment is upon us, where dreams become beliefs and yearning becomes conviction.
How do I know?
Because I've seen it.
Look closely and you'll see it, too. You'll see July 1st, 1993, when 40,000 of you bought club seats, licenses, and luxury boxes financing the construction of our stadium in a single day.
You'll see October of that same year, when the NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the league's 29th franchise.
You'll see two decades offseasons bad and good. But never of greatness.
Now, look closer.
At the daunting, unpaved path ahead, lined with detours, naysayers and walls which seem insurmountable. But not for you. You'll ignore what you hear and break through ANYTHING that stands in your way. Because you see what's at the end of this.
One hundred percent, sterling silver victory. The Lombardi Trophy, And it exists.
CAROLINA PANTHERS — SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS!
In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, the paper the ad was in, Kalil explains the reasoning behind his decision to make such a bold prediction.
"It was one of those things I was literally up all night and I was thinking about it, and just went to my computer and started writing," Kalil told the paper.
"Every team says it every year, whether it's publicly or not," Kalil continued. "They say they're going to win the Super Bowl. We've said it in the past in meeting rooms and behind closed doors. This year's different. There's a sense of urgency, a winning attitude that I haven't seen before. And it's in the way we prepare. It's in the way we approach each work day, and I think fans will see it in the way that we play."
During the interview, Kalil let it be known that he did not inform teammates of his intentions because he did not want to be talked out of placing the ad. When asked about it though, head coach Ron Rivera had nothing but good things to say about it.
"Good," the coach told Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. "Because if we don't have 53 guys with that attitude in our locker room right now, then we gotta find the guys that want it. We don't know what's going to happen. But we gotta come out and play and play hard and do everything we can to win that Super Bowl and they have the right attitude, that right mental frame of mind and that's what Ryan's done. Ryan's put it out there, like, 'Hey. This is my mental outlook, this is my frame of mind. This is what I want, so let's go out and get it.'"
While it's a long-shot at best that the Panthers can turn it around and take it all this year, they have my support in their efforts. And it has nothing at all to do with Cam Newton being on my fantasy football team.
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.
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