Carolina Owner Awaits Heart Transplant

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by Sportz Assassin

The good feelings in Charlotte has been dampened by some somber news. The Carolina Panthers announced that owner Jerry Richardson has been placed on a waiting list for a heart donor.

Richardson, 72, has been at Carolinas Medical Center since last week, when he was admitted after complaining of not feeling well. Richardson, who received a pacemaker/defibrillator in June, also had a coronary bypass surgery in October 2002.

While the pacemaker/defibrillator is working effectively, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Panthers, Richardson was readmitted to CMC last week when he began to feel poorly and underwent several medical tests.

Richardson is one of the best owners in the NFL. The original owner of the Panthers, Richardson became the first former player to own an NFL team since George Halas. He is popular among fans, players and fellow owners. In all the years I've lived in Charlotte (my family still lives there) I don't think I've heard one bad word said about him.

Everyone in the Carolinas was celebrating the Panthers huge win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. That was also the first home game Mr. Richardson missed in the franchise's history.

All NFL fans wish Mr. Richardson a speedy recovery..

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