Panthers' Funchess Delivers on Promise to Soldier's Family

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess made good on his promise to the family of a fallen soldier Monday night after scoring the first of two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins.

Her son, Dillon Baldridge of Youngsville, North Carolina, was a Corporal in the Army's 101st Airborne Division and only 22 years old when he lost his life fighting in Afghanistan.

"I'm two months older than (Baldridge)", Funchess said in his postgame interview.

"It was an honor just to get in the end zone for her".

Funchess pointed at his helmet because it featured the initials D.B., a team report explained Tuesday morning. "It was just an honor just to get in the end zone for her".


"Dillon Baldridge", Funchess said after the game.

Newton won the award for the ninth time in his career and for the first time since 2015, when he tied Tom Brady for the most such honors in a single season with five.

On a joyful night at Bank of America Stadium, Funchess made sure that joy got spread to Baldridge's family, especially his mother.

Funchess scored a 28-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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