From Cougar to Panther: Coach not surprised by Artis-Payne's success
HARRISBURG, Pa. —
Super Bowl 50 will have a piece of Harrisburg.
It comes in the form of the running back from the Carolina Panthers, Cameron Artis-Payne.
Artis-Payne has gone from Harrisburg Cougar to Carolina Panther. He ran for nearly 2,000 yards as a senior.
After junior college, he went to Auburn. So for one of his former coaches, seeing him reach the biggest game the sport has to offer doesn't come as a surprise.
"He knew he was destined to succeed. He knew it, you couldn't tell him any different," Harrisburg head coach Calvin Everett said. "Nothing was going to set him back, nothing was going to tell him that he could not get to where he wanted to be, and I think that's why he's where he's at now."
In January, Artis-Payne scored his first NFL touchdown.
The running back was inactive for the NFC title game and it remains to be seen whether he'll play on Sunday.
Either way, his future appears bright.
In only seven games this year, Artis-Payne averaged 4.1 yards per carry, the same average LeSean McCoy had his rookie season.