Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers share a rare connection

Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

As Charlotte Hornets fans await the season to possibly resume, the NFL’s free agency period has been a great distraction.

The Charlotte Hornets have had a tough year, as they had to give up their franchise point guard last summer. While they had to give up Kemba Walker, the team was able to acquire Terry Rozier from the Boston Celtics.

As of late, NFL free agency for a certain team has brought back memories about the transaction that included Rozier and Walker. Just like the Hornets, the Carolina Panthers are soon to part ways with their franchise quarterback Cam Newton.

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In the last year, both Charlotte teams have parted ways with one of their franchise players. This seems rare, as both teams are embarking on a rebuild to improve their future rosters.

With the departure of Newton inevitable, the Panthers did manage to sign another quarterback. On Tuesday, they signed Teddy Bridgewater, who has played for three other NFL teams.

When looking at this signing, I noticed that both Rozier and Bridgewater were alumni of Louisville University. Both of these players played for the college in 2013. Both of these players now play in Charlotte and are the “quarterback” of their team.

As Rozier is the starting point guard for the Hornets, and Bridgewater will be the starting quarterback of the Panthers, both have similar roles. The point guard and quarterback are both expected to run their respected offenses.

Having these two in Charlotte is rare, as cities do not typically have “quarterbacks” for two professional sports, who went to the same college together. Rozier and Bridgewater’s friendship status is publicly unknown, but they should find time to hang out in Charlotte.

Rozier is having the best season of his career this year, as he’s averaging 18.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Bridgewater is coming off a season with the New Orleans Saints, where he went 5-0 as a starter. Bridgewater finished the 2019 NFL season with 1,384 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns.

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NFL free agency will be an exciting thing that Hornets can enjoy while they wait for the NBA to release more news about the hiatus.