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08:04 AM ET 05.01 | Good luck trying to sell Panthers fans on the idea that the team didn't get what it thought it might out of Brenton Bersin. As a child growing up in Morrocroft Estates, the gated community in south Charlotte, [Bersin] attended an annual spring barbecue at a neighbor's house. Bersin and the other neighborhood kids would drink sodas and play football in the backyard while their parents ate and visited with their host -- Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. "He's been scouting me out since I was 10," Bersin said. Bersin's family lived two doors down from Richardson. And after a successful career at Charlotte Latin, Bersin chased Richardson's receiving records at Wofford. Now he'll play for Richardson's team.

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May 1, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Sounds like a Sandusky move....

May 1, 2012  08:13 AM ET

That's nice but the Jets still suck.

May 1, 2012  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Sounds like a Sandusky move....

Yeah, parents long to hear their children say "he's been scouting me since I was 10."

May 1, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Brenton Bersin doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.

May 1, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Brenton Bersin doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.

After comments like "he's been scouting me since I was 10", he may not want one.

May 1, 2012  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Brenton Bersin doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.

We can always start one for him.

May 1, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

After comments like "he's been scouting me since I was 10", he may not want one.

He may already be in the witness protection program.

May 1, 2012  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He may already be in the witness protection program.

Or on his way to confession.

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May 1, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Jerry Richardson has just been named as a character witness in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

May 1, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Gives new meaning to " Neighborhood Watch"

May 1, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Sounds like this could be giving a kid a favor. I hope the Panthers didn't waste a pick.

May 1, 2012  09:13 AM ET

the kids name is "Brenton"? Probably had to be tough to keep from getting beat-up every day...

May 1, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

the kids name is "Brenton"? Probably had to be tough to keep from getting beat-up every day...

He went to Charlotte Latin, sounds like a tough inner-city school!

He went to Charlotte Latin, sounds like a tough inner-city school!

May 1, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

the kids name is "Brenton"? Probably had to be tough to keep from getting beat-up every day...

Either tough or fast

May 1, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Either tough or fast

Jerry says he's "slippery".

May 1, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Sounds like this could be giving a kid a favor. I hope the Panthers didn't waste a pick. Also had an offer from the Steelers.

Read the article. The guy is an undrafted free agent (no pick wasted).

May 1, 2012  10:05 AM ET

This has got to be the stupidest article I've ever read. Why is this even news?

May 1, 2012  10:25 AM ET

This may be an intern position..... He'll be coaching them in 10 years.

 
May 1, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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He went to Charlotte Latin, sounds like a tough inner-city school!

LMAO! Exactly...you can tell by the name. Very uppity school on the ritzy side of town, most of the Panthers' players kids go there.

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