Jon Beason: A True Leader in Carolina

Charles BloomfieldContributor IDecember 12, 2008

Carolina Panthers' Linebacker Jon Beason, who was their first-round draft pick in 2007, continues to play extremely well. He was determined to become a rising star with 106 tackles and one interception during his rookie season. This year, he is leading the team with 91 tackles and three interceptions, including one at Green Bay, which sealed a victory for the Panthers (35-31).

Beason puts you in the mind of former linebacker Dan Morgan, who retired after seven years with Carolina, due to having many concussions, along with a torn Achilles tendon, which kept him off the field for the last 13 games of the 2007 season.

Both players have the same mindset, which is a quick reaction to the ball. Morgan was a key mentor to Beason, until he was released.

Beason adjusted quickly to the game, despite his two-year experience. He is not only a team captain, but a true leader as well.