January 2, 2012
Only two Carolina Panthers were named to the Pro Bowl, wide receiver Steve Smith and center Ryan Kalil, but the team will have many more representatives in Honolulu. Steve Smith, who earned his fifth Pro Bowl honor, has decided to bring his wide receiver teammates with him for the trip to Honolulu.
Smith surprised his teammates last week by telling them he was paying for them to take the trip with him.
“They kind of looked at each other, and I said, ‘I’m serious,’” Smith said. “Once they got the call from my travel agent, they kind of knew it was for real.”
So why is Smith taking them to Honolulu?
“All those guys ran routes to get me open. At times they took it for the team and ran some clear-out routes for me,” Smith said. “For me to sit here and say I did it on my own and all that stuff, it’s unfair. This is an opportunity for me to thank them and enjoy as a group the success that we all played a part in.”