Being a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs football fan, in 1993 when Carolina was awarded the 28th franchise in the NFL, my hopes were to be on the ground floor of a new NFL franchise from its start, just like in K.C. After the purchase of season tickets, we were ready to attend our first game as Panther fans. My husband, Jeff and I followed every move of our new franchise and Jeff attended every game when the team started play in 1995 at Clemson University while our new stadium was being constructed, I attended as many as I could. Once the new stadium was finished, with season tickets in hand we try to make every game and tailgate as early as possible.
In 1996 Jeff and I, were selected as Super Fans of the Carolina Panthers and awarded with a trip to San Francisco to watch our beloved Panthers play the 49ers (which we won). After several years of collecting Sir Purr “stuff” I received the name of Ms. Purr, and we started to tailgate in “style’.
Then in 2003 I was honored by the NFL at the Pro Football Hall of fame in Canton, Ohio as the “Ultimate Panther Fan” into the “Visa Hall of Fame”. Jeff “Pantherman” was honored in 1999, and the group felt such strong bonds that Pro Footballs Ultimate Fan Association was formed to continue to meet and talk football. PFUFA is an organization which promotes fellowship of all fans, encourages sportsmanship and supports charitable activities. During this time we have met and remained friends with fans from across these great NFL cities. We have also traveled to several stadiums to follow our Panthers in their quest for a Super bowl and have never missed the PFUFA reunion in Canton.
We enjoy following our Panthers and also partaking in functions that promote football, charity and helping out in our community. Jeff supports all Veterans of our armed services and VFW posts across the country. I am President of the Friends of The Library, and Jr. Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary for VFW Stonewall Jackson Post 1160 in Charlotte NC and we both support the J. “Babe” Stearn Center in Canton , Ohio, cancer research and many more charitable organizations.
Football and the passion for the sport have allowed us to meet some of the greatest friends, and fans across these great United States. They also have given us hundreds of fantastic memories that we will never forget and will cherish our entire lives! Saying that, we would both like to thank everyone who was ever a football fan, “Our Greatest Sport”!
Bio: Sheree “Ms. Purr” Pintea
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