Panthers fan Patrick Robertson is a fan like no other, with a caveman to prove it.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – “One of the requirements for the new house was that I have a man cave for all of these memories,” said Elise Robertson.
A requirement only necessary for one of Carolina Panthers’ biggest fans, Patrick Robertson. The Panthers superfan has nearly 70 Panthers jerseys hanging on the walls of his garage, although that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Once we found this house, he was done looking,” said Patrick’s wife. “I tried to get him to other houses for him to look, but he was done. He said whatever the cost, I’ll understand we’ll find him and that’s where we are. ”
Just like that, the mancave grew from day to day, from season to season. A task that lasted so many hours, Robertston lost count.
“Watching the wall space shrink over time and the jerseys piling up, it’s been a wild ride,” said Robertson.
Robertson has been collecting Panthers jerseys and looking for signings since the team was founded in Charlotte. He has gone to countless training camps in hopes of getting a star player’s autograph, as well as in the mail.
“A lot of these players that I met at training camp,” said the superfan. “Some through player appearances and some that I write by mail send it to the Panthers stadium.”
The Robertson’s garage is adorned with Panthers memorabilia in every nook and cranny. From bobbleheads and signature helmets to Cam Newton’s cleats, the mancave has it all.
“You can pick one, the list goes on and on,” said Robertson. “I think it’s cool for me to have jerseys from players who aren’t the most popular guys who always contribute to the team.”
Love for the Carolina Panthers began at a young age for Robertson when he met Wake Forest wide receiver Ricky Proehl at a young age.
“Football was just a big thing growing up,” said Robertson. “My dad was a huge Wake fan, and growing up with Ricky Proehl in the football scene was pretty cool for me.”
Once the Carolina Panthers arrived in Queen City, the loyalty to black and blue never wavered. In fact, now it has become a family affair.
“Christian Mccaffrey came to see Jaden, my son before a game,” said Robertson. “He was wearing his jersey and number 22 jersey, threw a soccer ball at him, and since then it’s been downhill. He’s his guy.”
Some may speculate and say this is just a football team, although to this Panthers superfan it embodies so much more.
“Family,” Robertson said. “Love. Passion. That’s it! My world. Outside of my family, it’s the next big thing.”
Robertson does his best to watch every home game. When the team hits the road, you know exactly where to find him and his friends every Sunday.
“Even if you are not a Panthers fan, you can come and watch football!”
A real sign of a lifelong Carolina Panthers fan.