It was a devastating blow to the Carolina Panthers when stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross retired earlier this offseason. Not only was he arguably the greatest offensive lineman in team history, but he also was a fan favorite. Fortunately for Panthers fans, they’ll still be seeing — and now hearing — him a lot this season.
The 33-year old Gross will be on the field during every Panthers game next season as a sideline reporter for the Panthers radio network. In a phone interview, he told the Charlotte Observer, “They just want me to be myself, so I’ll be saying what I see, and adding a lot of excitement and energy.”
He’ll join the broadcast team that’s already in place with Mick Mixon doing play-by-play and Eugene Robinson and Jim Szoke helping out with color commentary.
It’s a good thing Gross lost all that weight earlier this offseason, because he’ll also be part of a mid-week television broadcast during the season, though the details of that are unclear.