Former kicker John Kasay signed a one-day contract today to retire as member of the Carolina Panthers.
David Monroe of Panthers.com talks about the impact Kasay made on the Panthers organization.
John Kasay made a lot of big kicks from 1995-2010 for the Carolina Panthers. He holds team records for games played, points scored and field goals made that likely will never be broken.
But John made an even bigger impact on teammates, fans and co-workers like me. He taught lessons about doing your job, responsibility and how to carry yourself with dignity and class that will never be forgotten.
One of my duties as community relations assistant in 1995 for the Panthers was to schedule player appearances at schools and community events in the Carolinas. As an expansion team, our organization needed guidance on the best way to approach players about participating and how to make the process as easy as possible once they committed.
Who better to talk to than John, an NFL veteran of four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks who was one of the first two unrestricted free agents signed by the Panthers. After a practice early that season, John sat down with me at a table on the concourse at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C., the team’s practice site during the inaugural season. Both journalism majors in college, John and I made an instant connection. We talked, or I should say, he talked and I listened for about 30 minutes.
I took John’s advice and successfully applied it. The template for the form that is given to players for an appearance, which was constructed based on John’s feedback, is still used today.
Kasay finished his career with an 81.9 percent field goal conversion rate.