Country music superstar Luke Combs made his way to the Carolina Panthers practice facility on Thursday to hang out with some of his favorite players.
North Carolina native Luke Combs has been a fan of the Carolina Panthers for basically his entire life. As a matter of fact, he was just three years old when the Panthers were first awarded an NFL expansion franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina, back in 1993. Then during the 1995 NFL season, both the Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars began to play. So, it’s safe to say that Luke Combs has been a Panthers fan for practically his entire life.
Since that time, Carolina has certainly had their fair share of success. They have won six division titles and two NFC Championships. But this is the first year that Luke Combs has made an appearance at Panthers’ practice. He’s hoping that his presence can help lead his favorite team to another winning season.
The official Carolina Panthers Twitter account posted photos of Combs at practice. Including one of him hanging out chatting with running back Christian McCaffrey.
“We might need to hear a @lukecombs and @CMC_22 collab. Thanks for joining us!” the Panthers account posted on Twitter. Combs retweeted their post, saying, “RB1 and QBNone.”
Luke Combs is a Die-Hard Carolina Panthers Fan
Now, Luke Combs is obviously a huge music star. But he is also a Carolina Panthers fan, through and through. He grew up watching the team and loves every aspect of the franchise. That includes what the Panthers do in the NFL Draft as well. He explained as much in a video on Panthers.com.
“Yeah, I mean I definitely watch [the NFL Draft] every year, ya know? But I’m not like an analyst. I have my opinions I guess.”
“I don’t know, man, it’s tough,” he said. “We went all defense last year, ya know. We are looking pretty stout on that side of the ball. So, I’m going [Florida tight end] Kyle Pitts I think.”
In the end, however, Kyle Pitts was not available when the Panthers were picking at number eight overall. Carolina’s rival, the Atlanta Falcons, nabbed up the Florida tight end with the fourth overall pick. As a result, the Panthers did, in fact, go back to the defensive side of the ball. They selected South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn.
Speaking of draft stories, Luke Combs shared his thoughts on his team drafting Luke Kuechley back in 2012.
“Man, to be brutally honest with you, I was like, ‘Who in the HELL is this guy?'” Combs recalled. “You’ve got to be kidding me… Linebacker? What a joke, at least get a lineman at least that helps the offense out a little bit, you know?”
“But, honestly I think it goes down as the greatest draft pick in Panthers’ history. I’m a true fan. Like, weird Panthers fan guy. I’m a superfan… that’s the one team that I’m way too overly invested in, for sure, and I’m very opinionated on.”