Cade Pope, a 12-year-old boy living in Oklahoma, wrote to all 32 NFL teams asking why he should be a fan. Only the Carolina Panthers responded.
Considering Oklahoma doesn't have an NFL team, this is a pretty smart way to chose one, especially for a sixth-grader. His letter reads like a job interview.
Pope had been a St. Louis Rams fan because of quarterback Sam Bradford, who played his college career at Oklahoma. But Bradford has struggled with a torn left ACL for the past season-and-a-half, largely making him a forgotten man in St. Louis and putting Pope's fandom up for grabs.
In came Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who responded with a handwritten letter and a replica Panthers helmet signed by All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.
"Cade, we would be honored if our Carolina Panthers became your team," Richardson's letter began. "We would make you proud by the classy way we represent you."
Was it enough for Pope?
"If this is the only team that responds to me," he said. "I'm a Carolina Panthers fan."
- Mike Fiammetta