CHARLOTTE – Despite losing the NFC Championship Game to the Carolina Panthers, 49-15, it was a big week for Carson Palmer. “I’m just glad I was able to bring so much joy to one city,” Palmer remarked to Charlotte City Council Members. Palmer was awarded the key to the city shortly after throwing four interceptions en route to posting a 5.0 QBR. He also fumbled twice.
“Even up seventeen points, when Cam [Newton] threw that interception to [Patrick] Peterson right before halftime, I immediately started thinking about that Seattle Seahawks game. I was sure Arizona would mount a furious comeback,” Charlotte mayor Jennifer W. Roberts stated to those in attendance. “But Carson was determined to not let that happen, throwing a pick straight to Kurt [Coleman] on the next play. It was like he lost the ability to see terrible defensive backs for a few seconds. So, in recognition of Mr. Palmer’s impressive contributions and tremendous generosity, I am pleased to present him with a key to the city.”
Palmer accepted the award after posing for pictures with his wife, Shaelynn, council members, and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. “Everything we’ve done for the city of Charlotte, I can’t take all the credit,” Palmer said. “As the quarterback, I get most of the recognition, but really, Peterson fumbling that punt away, and Bruce [Arian’s] awful game plan – there are so many guys who put in so much time to make sure the Panthers came away with the W.”
Palmer, who was born and raised in California, played his college ball at the University of Southern California, and currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals, concluded the ceremony by stating, “I’ve always thought of Charlotte as my home.”