Panthers' facility manager walks to Spartanburg in honor of Jon Richardson

Panthers' facility manager walks to Spartanburg in honor of Jon Richardson

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by DOUG KUFNER / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Carolina Panthers made that short drive down I-85 and officially reported to training camp in Thursday.

One member of the organization was a little late to Spartanburg as camp officially kicked off Friday evening.
 
Panthers Facilities Manager Matthew Getz didn't take a car or a train, even a motorcycle down to Spartanburg. He left Bank of America Stadium at 8:30 Thursday night on foot.

Getz walked 74 miles down Highway 29 from Charlotte to Spartanburg, and reached his destination around 5:30 Friday evening.

"I really thought about quiting several times, sometimes it's just something that moves you and you have to get out and do it," Getz said, after he arrived at Wofford College.
 
Matthew's motivation this year was his former boss and friend, the late Jon Richardson, son of team owner Jerry Richardson.

"It was the least I could do to honor his memory," Getz said. Richardson passed away last week after a lengthy illness.
 
Getz also joked that there was a cold shower in his future later Friday night.

He battled the high heat and humidity to accomplish a trip he's now a total of four times during his time with the Carolina organization. 

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