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Anthony Rizzuti

Bryce Young reveals how Panthers got his 1st TD ball back

One game into the regular season and Andy Dalton is already paying dividends as the big brother for Bryce Young.

The Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback spoke with reporters this afternoon, a few days following his first official NFL start. And in that start, came Young’s first official NFL touchdown pass—one that would be immediately hurled into stands by its recipient Hayden Hurst.

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Both Young and Hurst have since stated that the ball was eventually retrieved from the seats of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But on Wednesday, Young revealed exactly who led the recovery mission.

“Actually, shoutout to Andy,” Young said with a smile. “He did a great job. He tracked it down. He was on it. He had told me right when I got back to the sideline.

“I don’t remember the exact story, but he told me he went and got it right away. Yeah, super grateful for that. My mom and my dad are super grateful for that.”

Unfortunately for the Panthers, Young finished with just the one score in what turned out to be a 24-10 loss to the host Atlanta Falcons. Nonetheless, it’s likely the first of many for the 22-year-old, who will always owe a debt of gratitude to his veteran mentor.

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