Lander's Super Bowl Connection is heavy, really, really heavy

(Lander, Wyo.) - Lander has a connection to this Sunday's Super Bowl 50 between the regional favorite Denver Broncos, AFC Champions and the Carolina Panthers from Charlotte and the NFC titlists. The six massive bronze Panthers that adorn Carolina's Bank of America Stadium were cast by Eagle Bronze in Lander. Yep, right here. Artist Todd Andrews, who's studio is near Auburn, California, sculpted the panthers, which are 22 feet in length, seven feet high and six feet wide at the shoulders. Each cast is made of 2,600 pounds of bronze. [image: Inline image 1] *Artist Todd Andrews sits with his head in the mouth of the Panther sculpture. (Todd Andrews Studio / Pitchengine Communities - used with permission) * The project, according to records at Eagle Bronze, began in June 1995 and was finished 13 months later in July of 2016 for the then brand new stadium. Work on the two panthers consumed 4,320 man hours. Andrews said the Panthers gave him tickets to the big game (in nearby Santa Clara) and he'll be right above the tunnel where the teams enter the field. With all due respect to the Denver Fans, he said he'll be rooting for the Panthers and wearing the jersey (No. 51) of Carolina's Sam Mills, who is in the Panthers Hall of Fame. He also sculpted an eight-foot tall bronze of Mills for the team that sits outside the stadium. He added that should Denver score, he'll also be bringing along a crying mask! *Feature Photo: A member of the Peden Family working on the monumental bronze at Eagle Bronze in Lander in 1995. (h/t to Donald Peden /