Traveling incognito, Hunt and Steadman came to Kansas City and one of their first conversations was with William E. Dauer, the Chamber’s aggressive young executive vice president. Without naming names, Bartle had asked Dauer in a phone conversation what he would do if the opportunity arose to obtain a pro football team. Dauer’s answer, which was relayed to Hunt and Steadman, was to institute a campaign to raise the necessary number of tickets. There would be no gimmicks, no overnight miracles, just thousands of man-hours of hard work by hundreds of citizens who would be anxious to know that the possibility of a pro football franchise for their city did exist.
“It was a crazy year,” said McCarthy, who spoke by phone last week after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. “A lot of ups and downs. It was obviously nice to get into the playoffs with the Broncos and win the AFC West.
“But my time there for now is finished and I’m just looking forward to the new opportunity in Kansas City. I learned a lot over the past two years in Denver and it’s something I can take with me to another place and help me grow as a player.”
Ron Edwards is itching to get back on the field next year. After playing 80 games in 5 straight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Edwards missed all of last year with a torn tri-cep. He was still able to get to know most of the Panthers team, and mentor some of the younger defensive tackles although he was not able to play. His durability with the Chiefs is a good sign he play more games next year after a full recovery.
He will probably be a starter, and if the Panthers add another defensive lineman in the draft, his role as starter and mentor cannot be overlooked, because it is on the defensive side of the ball that the Panthers need to greatly improve in this year.