The Carolina Hurricanes have cast their vote for the National Football League's Most Valuable Player.
Decked out in Keep Pounding shirts and hats and black Carolina Panthers jerseys with Christian McCaffrey's No. 22, eight Hurricanes players spent their day off on Sunday in Charlotte cheering on the Panthers.
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"I've become a huge Canes fan since I've been here, and I love hockey. Seeing them all wear my jersey was funny," McCaffrey told the press after the game. "That meant a lot. I was happy they got to come out, and hopefully after the season, we get to watch them go deep in a playoff run."
On the field for the last few minutes of the Panthers' 30-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans, Jordan Martinook, always one to bring the hype, sparked an "MVP!" chant. It had already echoed throughout the stadium earlier in the game, as the Panthers' star running back finished the day with 166 yards and three touchdowns.
After the game, the Hurricanes lined the Panthers' tunnel for celebratory fist bumps.
McCaffrey was the last through the tunnel. He stopped to sign everyone's jersey and posed for a group picture.
"It's a bunch of me's!" he joked.
Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon helped organize the excursion. Panthers owner David Tepper, who joined a handful of his players for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in May, stopped by the 50-yard line suite to visit with the Canes.
Just as a number of Panthers experienced their first live hockey game in May, getting a crash course in rules from Luke Kuechly and McCaffrey, so too was Andrei Svechnikov seeing his first live football game. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Martinook helped explain the ins and outs of possessions and field goals and touchdowns - like the score Friday in the Canes' win over Detroit.
A Sunday afternoon well-spent at the gridiron.