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Jon Beason: Plenty to Prove in 2013


Sep 30, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason (52) misses a tackle on Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Beason enters his seventh coming off two seasons that were cut short by injury with plenty to prove.  Beason is one of the team leaders and was sorely missed the last two years on the field.  He is a fiery player that flies from sideline to sideline making plays all over the field.  He is coming back to show he is finally healthy and worth the contract the Panthers signed him too just a couple of seasons ago.

He recently spoke with WFNZ the Drive on this upcoming season.  Beason said on his health that “…he was feeling pretty good.  I was so happy with the way minicamp went working in and getting back out with the guys running around, now everything is geared toward Spartanburg, I got to put those pads on and hit people, that is the true test.”   He later stated on the injury, “nothing makes me more happy than playing football, having that taken away from me is definitely a downer, I know I’m meant to do great things..the best is yet to come.”

If he can come back to pre-injury form, the Panthers will field arguably one of the best starting linebacking groups in the league.  They will have Luke Kuechly in the Middle, Thomas Davis on the Strong Side, and Beason at the Will or Weakside.  “Luke is one of the best people I have met in my life,” he said, “…I want to see guys do well…he is a guy who listens.  It kind of makes you proud…I want the best for him.” 

Now that is the measure of a true team player, Beason is returning and accepting being moved to a new position.  It’s a position he is familiar with due to filling in there when Davis has gone down.  Beason comes across as whatever the team needs him to do he will do it.  “You can’t just walk away with a ring.  You have to put everything into it.  Guys can’t be selfish and do whatever they can to win games.”

With him returning, he knows he is going to face a lot of scrutiny.  “For me it burns me up,” he said, “I know I can produce..the more you keep saying I can’t the more I’m going to keep fighting for it.” 

Carolina Panther fans everywhere can not wait for this season to begin and to see their team fight for it.

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