Excerpts from a phone conversation with Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison, who suddenly resigned from his position Thursday afternoon.
BV: Was this solely your decision?
DM: “Yes. It was a difficult decision when you’ve been somewhere seven and a half years, but I think the timing was right.”
BV: How long have you been considering this?
DM: “I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and at the end of the day, there’s no perfect time in a football calendar that is year-round. The Super Bowl just finished, everybody’s orientated to the ’17 season and I just thought this was the best time. I’ve had a wonderful seven and a half years here. I’ve learned a lot in the NFL. I’ve been fortunate to have worked in high school, spent almost three decades in college and now seven and a half years in the pros. I love the people in this organization and I enjoyed working with everyone.”
BV: In the team’s statement, you said you’d like to go back to the college level. Why is that?
DM: “I don’t really want to get into that. I think the main thing is the wonderful seven and a half years that I’ve been able to be a part of the Carolina Panthers organization.”
BV: From stadium renovations to enhancements at training camp, will you look back at your role the past seven and a half years with a sense of pride?
DM: “Well, we have so many good people here, so I think what’s been fun is to see everybody work together. We talk often about those core values: Hard work, harmony, teamwork, listen and respect. I’ve really enjoyed working with everybody here. It’s been a great team effort.”