After being cut, Jake Delhomme bids tearful goodbye to Carolina Panthers (VIDEO)

Posted by: ST on March 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Been a hectic day today and have not had a chance to write about the biggest news story of the day here in Charlotte. The Panthers cut Jake Delhomme yesterday and made it official today in a press conference that featured Coach Fox and General Manager Marty Hurney, who were both emotional when talking about having to release him (Matt Moore has now been moved to the starting QB slot after his impressive performances in the second half of the season last year). Delhomme was even more emotional at his presser, and understandably so. The Panthers were the first NFL franchise that gave him a chance, and he’s been here for seven years, and was completely devoted to making things happen.

The Charlotte Observer has wall to wall coverage, including videos of both pressers. Here’s WCNC’s presser video:

As we all know, Jake did have a bad year last year, but the guy overall has been pretty solid in the time he’s been here. He’s one of the types of players every NFL team loves: completely selfless, a total team player, and a fiery, emotional team leader who also has a humorous side. Even in the glory days, he never tried to make everything all about him. He wasn’t flashy, but his face was well-known here, in Bojangle’s chicken ads and Time Warner Cable commericals. He also did a lot of local community service/charity type work.

There’ve been a few cracks around town that Jake shouldn’t be crying because he’ll be getting $13 million from his contract deal w/ the Panthers. I call BS on that one. Players who are in it solely for the money don’t cry when they get released from the team they’ve called home for so many years. He has clearly always loved this team and leaving it will be very hard for him.

He indicated during his presser that he is not planning on retiring, and that he holds no ill will towards the Panthers for their decision (nor do I). And he noted that his heart will always be Carolina Panther blue and black:

Delhomme said he couldn’t make eye contact with several longtime employees while sitting on the podium Friday because he would break down. The horse owner also vowed his heart will always be with the first franchise that gave him a chance to start.

“My horse racing silks have a Panther blue and black football. I’m not changing my silks,” Delhomme said. “I’m always going to be a Carolina Cajun.”

Rock on, man, and best wishes to you and your family.

Jake says goodbye

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme composes himself prior to answering a question during a press conference where he talked about his career and release from the team. Delhomme was released by the Panthers late Thursday. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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  1. Tarheeltalker says:

    Just a thought or two. Used to live in Salisbury, in fact was there when the Panthers began. I admire his loyalty to the Panthers and his lack of ill will towards the organization. Given his apparent desire to continue playing, what are your thoughts regardng his profession of loyalty to the team versus his loyalty to another team that might consider signing him?( BTW, my loyalties lie in Chapel Hill.):d

  2. doanli says:

    Very sad about this as well. (I live in the Carolinas as well, though I’m from the Gulf Coast and am a Saints fan)

    God bless you and all of your future endeavors, Jake, and thank you.

  3. NC Cop says:

    I always like ol’ Jake, but they never should have given him such a huge extension after last year. I hope he does well wherever he goes.

  4. University of Louisiana says:

    What a classy guy! We are proud to call you a Ragin Cajun, son!! Best of luck to Jake in his future endeavors.

  5. Tarheel, first, I’ll forgive the fact that your loyalties are with Chapel Hill ;)

    Re: Delhomme, I’m sure he’ll be loyal to his new team, wherever/whoever that is. But part of his heart will always be here where his NFL career started.

    BTW, I think I mistakenly deleted a comment of yours earlier. My laptop mouse is super-sensitive. So if one of your comments is indeed missing, my apologies!

  6. Tango says:

    ….best of luck to Jake. (and)

    ****GO PANTERS!**** b-)

  7. CZ says:

    Jake – Don’t be such a cry baby. Pocket your millions and walk away like a man.

    Save the tears for after losing a SuperBowl :((

  8. University of Louisiana says:

    CZ, Jake 7-3 against the “Aints”…

  9. Chris in NC says:

    He was a class act here in Carolina land. No matter how he finished,I’ll always remember him as part of the cardiac cats who went to the Super Bowl. Thanks Jake and God Speed.

  10. Jeanette says:

    I was so sorry to hear he had been cut. If he doesn’t get another team, I hope at least the Panthers would make him a quarterback coach or give him some sort of job on the sidelines.

    The Panthers are a class team and Delhomme is a classy man. I wish him the best and hope he has greater success in his future endeavors.

    Taking us to the Super Bowl his first year is something I’ll never forget.