Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said center Ryan Kalil's prediction of a Super Bowl victory this season was ''pretty cool.''
Kalil took out a full-page advertisement in The Charlotte Observer last week guaranteeing Carolina fans would be rewarded for their unwavering support with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Richardson made a similar prediction when the Panthers received an NFL franchise in 1993, guaranteeing a Super Bowl win within 10 years - although it didn't happen.
Richardson called Kalil ''a man of conviction.''
''He didn't say anything detrimental about anybody else,'' Richardson said. ''He just thanked his coaches and teammates and the fans and entire organization. I thought it was pretty cool.''
Richardson was honored during Monday night's practice at Wofford College by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who proclaimed it ''Carolina Panthers Day'' throughout the state.