Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 11/5/14
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There is no secret that familiarity plays a major role in the NFL, and in life. Friday, the Carolina Panthers announced that they have re-signed defensive end Antwan Applewhite. Terms were not disclosed. The San Diego Chargers signed Applewhite as an undrafted rookie free agent out of San Diego State in 2007, when then-defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, now Panthers’ head coach, was coaching there.  One of the reasons why Applewhite decided to re-sign with the Panthers was because Rivera is in Carolina. Photo Credit: Panthers.com After the 6-3, 258-pound defensive end’s stint in San Diego, Applewhite signed with the San Francisco 49ers in July of 2011, only to be released in September. He rejoined his old defensive coordinator in Rivera in October and played in 12 games with one start in 2011.  Applewhite registered 21 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble for the Panthers, where he played surprisingly well and the club rewarded him with a deal. For his career, Applewhite has prod...
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