To call Pat LeClair “a collector” doesn’t quite tell the whole story.
It also doesn’t scratch the surface of his devotion to the Carolina Panthers. He’s even got the tattoo to prove it.
The 51-year-old plumber has a man cave brimming with signed game-worn jerseys, cleats, gloves, footballs, cards and anything else Panthers related. The white door to the room has dozens of autographs (he totes it with him when he sees a signing opportunity). When the Panthers discarded the old padding that had been around its goal posts, guess who grabbed it and now has it on display?
Every square inch of his Panthers room has something eye-catching, but he always manages to find room for more.
Beyond that, though, are the friendships he’s formed with Panthers players. Those contacts have enabled him to spend time on the sideline with a camera, shooting action photos he uses to raise money that benefits charities associated with the players and team.
The Charlotte Observer caught up with LeClair for a story and video.