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Panthers staying quirky leading up to Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sports zebra-stripe pants as he moves to board a bus on his way to the airport to head to San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (Robert Lahser/The Charlotte Observer via AP) MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT NCCHN901

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sports zebra-stripe pants as he moves to board a bus on his way to the airport to head to San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (Robert Lahser/The Charlotte Observer via AP) MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT NCCHN901

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cam Newton wearing $850 Versace gold and zebra-print pants on a cross-country flight. Josh Norman sporting a Mexican wrestling mask with a Panthers logo and calling himself "El Bandolero" on opening night. Teammates photobombing each other at news conferences and teaching Miss Universe how to "dab."

Have no fear, Ron Rivera, your team has kept its personality during Super Bowl week just as you preached it should before setting foot on California soil.

The Panthers have starkly different personalities but have bonded to form a winning team.

"Everyone has their quirks about them, but it all works together," DE Jared Allen said.

Broncos safety caught in prostitution sting: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he was disappointed he had to send home practice squad player Ryan Murphy after the safety was caught in a prostitution sting in San Jose, a few miles from the team hotel in Santa Clara.

Murphy, 23, and his brother were intercepted by law enforcement while interacting with a prostitute Monday night, the Charlotte Observer said. Murphy's brother was charged. Murphy was detained, questioned and released Tuesday after investigators determined he was not involved in any criminal activities, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen said.

The Broncos sent Murphy back to Denver because it would be best for them to prepare for the Super Bowl without him, the team said. "Yeah, there's disappointment, but it's been dealt with, and we've moved on," Kubiak said Wednesday.

Father of Broncos lineman dies: Denver DE Antonio Smith planned to play in the Super Bowl despite learning of his father's death Wednesday. Smith, 34, told the Denver Post he learned of it in a phone call from his mother. Marty Christopher Williams, 55, who had been incarcerated for more than 20 years, had recently had heart surgery, Smith told the newspaper.

Panthers staying quirky leading up to Super Bowl 02/03/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:19pm]
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