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Carolina's Newest Superhero Has Arrived

SuperCam has been the de facto superhero in Carolina since he stepped on the scene in 2011.  Around the same time, a second caped-crusader was in the fold as well, it just took two years for him to recognize his abilities.

We present – The Gambler.

By now, a lot of you are probably wondering what I’m talking about here, but there is a method to the madness.  This summer, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters, and could be the summer blockbuster of 2014.

For those out of the Marvel loop, here is a brief synopsis from

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.  - Rotten Tomatoes, 2014

David Rappoccio from The Draw Play allowed his passion for comics to intersect with the NFL in a series of comic book heroes representing each of the 32 teams.  This is where our Superhero, The Gambler was created.

Guardians of the NFL - The Gambler. Created by David Rappoccio

Guardians of the NFL – The Gambler. Created by David Rappoccio

A shy, quiet man one day was put in an impossible situation by the Mafia. He was forced to bet his life for his wife’s. Instead, the man made a bold move. He grabbed the cards and flung it into the eyes of his captors, cutting their corneas and buying him enough time to escape. He was invigorated by his experience, and now travels to mob hideouts with his famous razor playing cards to damage all mafia operations in the mid-Atlantic. Many seem to think he’s going to get himself killed, but he’s all about the risk.


Riverboat Ron was a brilliant moniker in 2013, and now his namesake continues to thrive, on the galactic level.  SuperCam and The Gambler are the new dynamic duo in the Queen City slicing and dicing crime like a Cam Newton naked bootleg.

Here are all 32 Guardians of the NFL and their backstories if you’re interested.  Ahhhh, summer reading.

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