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John Kasay to retire from the NFL as a Panther

The Carolina Panthers announced they are signing their former veteran kicker John Kasay to a one-day contract so that he can retire as a member of the team. It’s an honor usually reserved for a team’s most popular performers, and

Kasay is no exception. As YouWager’s serious NFL football bettors know, Kasay is the all-time leading scorer for the Panthers. Kasay, something of a hero in the online betting community, played for Carolina from 1995 to 2010. In his heyday, some sportsbook bettors say he was like money in the bank. Mr. Reliable.

Starting in 1995, Kasay was one of the original Panthers when the new team joined the NFL. Originally, Kasay had been drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1991 NFL Draft. Later, in 2011, YouWager bettors saw Kasay help the New Orleans Saints for season when their regular kicker, Garrett Hartley, suffered a hip injury during preseason. Kasay scored 147 points for the Saints, the most points Kasay ever scored in a single season. But the Saints released Kasay when Hartley got his old job back.

By the time the 2011 NFL football wagering season rolled around, Kasay was the longest playing active player in the NFL. Now, Kasay is choosing to retire and rest on the many records he set. Kasay, a left-footer, made 81.9 percent of his kicks. During his career in the NFL, he scored 1,970 points. His longest kick was from 56 yards away. In December of 2009, in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kasay made his 400th field goal. Only seven kickers have done this, in the history of the National Football League, according to YouWager’s top statistician.

Kasay played for the Panthers in 15 seasons, but sat out the entire 2000 NFL football betting season with a broken kneecap. Super Bowl XXXVIII broke his heart. As YouWager’s football bettors will remember, Kasay’s last kickoff went out of bounds. With a penalty, the New England Patriots got the ball on the 40-yard line. The game was soon decided when New England’s kicker, Adam Vinatieri, scored a 41-yard field goal with only 4 seconds left on the clock.

Kasay was still playing for the Panthers in the 2010 NFL football betting season. The team released him in July of 2011 after they signed the amazing Olindo Mare. Kasay was the last remaining player from Carolina’s first team in 1995.

On the day the team made the announcement that Kasay would sign a one-day contract and retire as a Carolina Panther, there was a press conference at the team’s stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to honor Kasay. As expected, team owner Jerry Richardson spoke very highly of Kasay’s service and dedication to his team.

“The Richardsons are a class act,” a local fan told YouWager’s source.

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