CHARLOTTE, N.C. - He plays Defensive End, hails from Hogwarts, is a cereal killer who never uses a spoon and even leads the Panthers in sacks with 15 this season.
Greg Hardy, (The Kraken), can add another title to his resume, NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17.
Hardy who had four sacks in Sunday's NFC South clinching win over the Atlanta Falcons, won the league's weekly honors and is a big reason Carolina is ranked second in total team defense this season.
"He's a very unique indvidual. He has so much ability, so much talent and he really enjoys playing the game," said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. "He can flip the switch on and off so quickly when he comes to the sideline, he's a lot of fun to watch."
Rivera never questions Hardy's drive or intensity, even the Kraken's sanity.
"It's like they say anybody who plays this game, you need to question their sanity." Rivera added that Hardy is one of his big time playmakers on the defensive side of the football. "
He has the ability to say now's the time to do this or now the time's to do this, he just makes plays."
Hardy is currently in the final year of his rookie contract. He was originally drafted out of Mississippi in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Hardy recently said he'd take a bit of a hometown discount to remain in Carolina, but he also wants what he deserves when it comes to a new contract.
The Panthers are the number two overall seed in the NFC Playoffs. They await their second round opponent for the January 12th, second round at Bank of America Stadium.