Panthers' Funchess finds end zone, delivers on promise to fallen soldier's family

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess did not hand the ball to quarterback Cam Newton for his typical post-touchdown ball giveaway on Monday night. Funchess met the Baldridge family after practice Sunday, when the whole team met with families of fallen soldiers.

Funchess wore Baldridge's initials on his helmet on Monday night. "He was a sniper", Funchess said, via the team's website.

"He was a top-notch shooter". His mom said he was the most joyful boy you'd ever meet. It was an honor meeting her. But he wanted to do something more to honor Baldridge's memory.

"I'm two months older than him", Funchess said.

Funchess has been stellar in two games since the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin, catching 10 of 13 targets for 178 yards and two scores. He made sure that Baldridge's mother got the touchdown ball as a memento.

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