When the Carolina Panthers take the field in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Gov. Pat McCrory will be in the crowd. And he’ll likely be wearing his custom Panthers jersey with his name on the back.
The governor’s jersey bears the number 33, the number that belongs to Panthers safety Tre Boston.
So is McCrory subtly indicating that Boston – who played for UNC and joined the Panthers in 2014 – is his favorite player on the team?
Not quite: McCrory got the jersey when Boston was only 11 years old.
In 2004, when the Panthers last appeared in the Super Bowl, McCrory was the mayor of Charlotte. The team honored him with a custom jersey signed by the players.
“This is now Tre Boston’s jersey. But 10 years ago, I don’t think anyone had 33, so I took it,” McCrory told the Charlotte Observer recently.