Jordan Gross: It Was Important To Me My Career Ended The Way It Did
Fresh of announcing his retirement, Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross talked with mac and Jim about a myriad of topics including his teammates, Dave Gettleman, injuries, weight loss, and his future plans.
Ryan Kalil singing at his retirement press conference: “It meant the world to me”
On the decision to retire: I thought for a little bit about retiring last season, but I decided I’m going to play one more and know it’s my last one. I’m going to tell my family and my close friends, it’s my last one. I’m just going to go all in, do whatever I can to play as well as I can, have fun and really enjoy every minute of it, say what I want to say in front of the team and encourage who I want to encourage, knowing this is my last chance and it really worked out perfectly.
On where his family will call home: We’re going to still live in Charlotte. We call Charlotte home. Our children were born here and they’re going to be raised here. We’ll still keep that Idaho connection a little bit.
On Dave Gettleman: He did the right thing for the team with me. He presented me with a tough option, that allowed the team to save a lot of salary cap room and get me to play really well. Yeah, I was a little unhappy with one conversation in that building, but it was important to me that my career ended the way it did, and it turned into quite a blessing.
On Julius Peppers: He was the hardest one to block (in practice). I came in, he was coming off defensive rookie of the year and I had been blocking guys in the Mountain West conference.
On Greg Hardy: He’s a very smart person. I love his alter ego. He’s such arespectful guy, a good teammate and works incredibly hard in practice.