Although they weren't playing in the big game, Super Bowl Sunday proved to be a memorable day for several members of the Carolina Panthers. Punter Jason Baker, defensive lineman Tyler Brayton, Sir Purr and TopCat Leslie journeyed to Ft. Bragg with the USO-North Carolina for a full day of Super Bowl activities.
After a warm-hearted visit with families and soldiers at the base's Wounded Warrior facility, the players joined a base-wide Super Bowl party at Ft. Bragg's Sports USA restaurant and entertainment pavilion. Both Baker and Brayton met military families from across the country who now call Ft. Bragg home.
"It means a great deal to spend time with the soldiers and families," Baker said. "Whether it's fighting the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan or providing disaster relief efforts in Haiti, I know the men and women of Ft. Bragg are always among the first called into action."
One of the day's highlights included the presentation of a framed #82 Panthers jersey in recognition of Ft. Bragg's renowned 82nd Airborne division.
"This was a good day," reflected Brayton after throwing the football and signing autographs for some of the base's children. "It's a big deal having the chance to let soldiers and their families know how much we appreciate them.