Panthers Pulled Home Card


We all have a soft spot for our big boy of the past Mike Tolbert, but how much of a soft spot does he have for us? The Chargers made a healthy offer. More than he was looking for probably. Tolbert is a great running back with skills to carry the ball, pound players while doing so, and playing fullback. We have witnessed over the years he spent with us the love he has for the game with his celebration dances, his smile, and his approach to the game.

Well maybe that will explain why he took a million dollars less to sign with the Panthers. The reason is his daughter. He was excited to have the offer to move back down south and raise his daughter there. Family first as we all know, then come football. Tolbert was a southern man with southern hospitality. He respectfully represented the Chargers, his family, and his community. Therefore there should be no bad blood with this man.

It warms my heart though to see that there is still some humanity left is the league. To sacrifice playing in the greatest city ever, with the greatest fan ever, just so he can raise his daughter where he grew up? That’s admirable and sacrificial to say the least. We should almost admire men who make these moves of taking less money for an actual reason. Although my team is on the butt end of this one I still salute you Mike Tolbert and I will always be a big fan. Good Luck in Carolina! I just apologize that you weren’t apart of this year’s Super Bowl San Diego Super Chargers team!


  • MikeTuck

    @ JoeyNicks; This is what I said at draft time about drafting local west coast guys if possible, Perry, DeCastro, Hillman, etc. These draft picks stay that first contract and then who wouldn’t want to play near your home or college town. just when they start becoming really productive their gone. If I’m a GM I do my best to get alot of local talent and the Pac 12 has plenty along with WAC, Big Sky and Mountain West. Your more likely to get that home town heart and soul of playing for a team you grew up with. Tolbert is another pick we lose do to this drafting  players from the East coast.

  • JENFABULOUS

    I love Tolbert so much!! Surely will be missed!

  • arnie

    well at least we have it on record. So, now the AJ apologists can state “AJ didn’t lose Tolbert” as if that excuse. Good for Tolbert for showing some real character. 

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    Love this post… Tolbert is a good dude

  • Bleu

    tolbert is an animal he has alot of gifts physicality, a lil elusiveness, descent speed for his size, soft hands out of the backfield, a descent blocker you name it he is a solid player I respect his decision and he just made the panthers run and pass attack another option. if he lines up as a fb then he has the skills to block run or catch which is definately a bonus, in this pass happy league. Good luck to him and his family……

  • MikeTuck

    @bleu; Absolutely, good luck to him and his family and thanks for the great memorys. Smith needs to ask Reggie if he’d like to come home next year and play behind Mathews. Bush is the monster he was @ USC but they wouldn’t give him the touches till last year and he proved he can be the #1 back. Now their going to assign him to returns and situational RB again? Crazy, but before he gives up SD should offer the invitation to play at home.