Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin has long been a team leader – in number of times being cut. It happened again this week. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin has long been a team leader – in number of times being cut. It happened again this week. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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Short takes: Here’s how Brenton Bersin remains a Panthers team leader

By Tom Sorensen

Correspondent

September 13, 2017 11:11 AM

Brenton Bersin never led the Carolina Panthers in receiving yards, but he leads them in times cut. The Panthers released him; he has a separated shoulder and received an injury settlement. The Panthers have released him four times.

Bersin played at Charlotte Latin and at Wofford. Wofford is the school from which Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson graduated, and where the team holds training camp. It was as if Bersin came with the field. The Panthers cut him during his first season, and in his second they cut him and then shipped him to the practice squad. He played with the varsity the last three seasons.

I don’t know what Bersin’s plans for life after football entail. I don’t know if he’s finished with the Panthers and the NFL. But whatever his next career is, and whenever he begins it, I like that he fought to make this team. Who gets to play in the NFL? With an annual roster turnover and an annual influx of younger talent, who gets to stay? He has.

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Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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