Panthers Owner: Entire Staff Going to Super Bowl on My Dime

Even the interns, per Jerry Richardson
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Panthers Owner: Entire Staff Going to Super Bowl on My Dime
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches before the NFL's NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

From interns to executives, every member of the Carolina Panthers staff will be going to the Super Bowl thanks to the generosity of team owner Jerry Richardson, the Charlotte Observer reports. Per Sporting News, Richardson will pay for every full-time employee and one guest to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for the Feb. 7 matchup between his team and the Denver Broncos. "Mr. Richardson understands that this memorable season would not have been possible without harmony and a complete team effort," Danny Morrison, the team's president, tells the Observer.

"This is not unprecedented, as he also provided an opportunity for the Panthers staff to travel to the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas," he continues. "It's an incredibly gracious gift." No word on whether the freebie trip will include hotel accommodations or any other expenses, the Observer notes. (Hopefully people are coming around to the idea of a Coldplay halftime show.)

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