Panthers kicker Graham Gano preparing for camp with parachutes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Never let it be said that kickers aren’t athletes.

At least that seemed to be the message Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano sent when he posted to Instagram a picture of him preparing for training camp with small parachutes tied to his waist.

Gano stated in the post that he was “trying to get that old 10.55-second 100-meter speed back. #KickersCanFlyToo’’

Gano was once of Florida’s top sprinters at J.M. Tate High School in Pensacola, where he starred in track as well as football.

He won state titles in the 100-meter (yes, with a time of 10.55 seconds), 200-meter (21.70 seconds) and 400-meter dashes (48 seconds) at the 2005 FHSAA 3A District 1 championships.

The Panthers report to training camp on July 27. The parachutes were one of several mechanisms Gano has used to get ready.

Another day closer to training camp. "Tomorrow's victory is today's practice." -Chris Bradford

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Gano also might have made a pretty good basketball player, as you can see by this post.

Shooting buckets at Harris Teeter πŸ˜ŽπŸ€

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The Panthers simply want Gano to continue kicking field goals and extra points at a high rate as he enters his fifth season with the team.