Posted on 2016-02-05
The Super Bowl is almost here and we at Offense-Defense want to send along our good luck wishes to three exceptional O-D Alumni!
Panthers corner Josh Norman has broken out in a big way, earning a bevy of All-Everything honors this year. His road has been a remarkable and inspirational one. Norman made the roster of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers as a walk-on and went on to start 7 games his true freshman year, earning a scholarship after that season. While playing at Coastal Carolina, he took time to travel around Myrtle Beach with us, distributing meals to the needy and homeless. In time, he went on to become a 5th-round pick of the Carolina Panthers that has paid off huge for the NFC Champions!
Greg Olsen needs little introduction - the Carolina tight-end has been an elite blocker and pass catcher for the Panthers for some time now and was ranked in the Top 100 players in the NFL in 2015. WE know him from his time as an Offense-Defense Camper before his time as a Miami Hurricane and eventual star with the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. Olsen continues to star in the league and remains a favorite target of another player in our breakdown.
Two O-D Bowl Alum have been bitten by the bad luck injury bug this season but are nonetheless providing an important element supporting their teams from the sidelines. Denver Broncos safety Omar Bolden was a running back in the 2007 O-D All-American Game. Stud Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin starred in the 2011 O-D Bowl and made an impact at each level, winning the BCS National Championship in 2014, and going on to earn various rookie honors in the NFL with the Panthers later that year.
Cam Newton. Heisman Trophy winner. BCS National Champion. 3-time Pro Bowler. NFL Rookie of the Year. NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Some outlets have already named him the 2015 NFL MVP. Now, he's got the opportunity to add the crown jewel of football achievements to his resume: Super Bowl Champion. He burst upon the scene before hitting college by being named the MVP of the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, going on to say "Offense-Defense jump-started my career." Here's to hoping you find success for many years to come, Cam!
Best of Luck to our O-D Alumni playing in the Super Bowl! You earned it!