CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Business and city leaders are getting in on the Panthers excitement. Some held a pep rally Friday along with Sir Purr and some even former Panthers players.
This is not your everyday business breakfast club meeting. In honor of the Panthers home playoff game, Hood Hargett wanted to turn their normal breakfast event into a party.
"When the Panthers got in the playoffs and we had Herm Edwards coming to speak, it just all started coming together. This would be a great day to have a pep rally," said Chuck Hood, President of Hood Hargett & Associates.
On hand to celebrate, several former Panthers players who say they know what the city support means to the team right now.
"It's big, especially for a player knowing your city is behind you that people are going to show up to the game, they're going to be loud. All that plays into how well you do out there on the field," said former Panthers safety, Colin Branch.
"It's neat to know the feeling and what they're going through on a daily basis leading up to Sunday," said former Panther punter, Ken Walter.
Sir Purr joined top business and city leaders, including fire officials, along with CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe.
"We're looking for a very calm and peaceful weekend other than the excitement of the game and that's what's important to me," said Chief Monroe.
Key note speaker, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL coach, Herm Edwards talked football and how the Panthers will beat the 49-ers.
"I think if you're Carolina you realize that emotion alone in the first quarter isn't going to win the game. Emotion is great, fans excited but it's going to come down the fourth quarter," said Edwards.
With business leaders trading their ties for jerseys, it was a star studded, energy packed way to kick off a Panther weekend.
"We just want people to walk out of here and be excited and pumped up and hopefully it will make a difference Sunday," said Hood.