Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Carolina Panther transforms into crazy alter ego on gamedays
Getting in the zone on gamedays is something all NFL players are faced with. Some prefer energy drinks to get them amped up, others use music, and one member of the Carolina Panthers even uses his alter ego to channel a giant sea monster he calls "Kraken".
Every gameday, defensive end Greg Hardy paints his face black, slips in black or white-colored contact lenses, and applies a piece of tape with the name "Kraken" over "Hardy" on the back of his jersey for pre-game warmups.
"The Kraken is a giant monster that just demolishes everything that moves," Hardy told the Charlotte Observer last year. "On Wednesday or Thursday, I go down in my subconscious. I find him, and I unlock the cage. About Saturday he usually comes out. Then he's always out on Sunday. I don't control him then. What he does when I'm not there, I don't know."
Hardy's transformation has bode well for him this season as the 24-year old has registered 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks through the first nine games.
"You think the guy’s a little off. Then you have a chance to talk to him and you realize, 'Oh yeah, this guy’s a little off,'" Carolina teammate Dwan Edwards told the Observer. “It all kind of matches up between his personality and the stuff that he does."
Hey, whatever floats your boat.