Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil is shown during team introductions...

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil is shown during team introductions prior to a home game against the Washington Redskins. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: AP

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in Wednesday's edition of The Charlotte Observer that promised a Super Bowl championship this season.

A gutsy prediction, for sure, but admirable as well. And before you scoff at the boldness of such action, ask yourself this: would you want a player on the team you root for to suggest anything less? Surely, an ad that says "Hey, let's go 9-7, win the sixth tiebreaker and sneak into the playoffs with the second wild card" just isn't as impressive.

Read Kalil's ad in The Charlotte Observer.

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