We all know what Ward was like with the pads and gloves because we can all look at stats and rewatch games. However, there’s everything else Ward did, not just in Raleigh but around North Carolina.
He opened the eyes and ears of many to so many things and helped so many people in so many ways. He’s been through professional adversity, but many people don’t know his personal adversity.
For those of you that didn’t know, Cam has a son who has hearing impairment issues. During his time in Raleigh, Cam did a lot for the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Not because he had to, but because he understood what kind of things something with impaired hearing misses out on. Ward wanted to help those people in Raleigh who suffered from what his son did.
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Ward was always smiling. If you ever saw him (or see him because he is now back in Raleigh) around, he was always happy to be in Carolina. He played on awful teams for most of his career, and still was smiling.
To quote Ward directly, he “loved the city and the people. Raleigh feels like a second home.” He had every chance and right to complain about where he was and the team around him but never did.
Not just did Ward help the community, and love the area, but there’s what he did with his teammates. Reports always suggested he was one of the calmest heads in the dressing room. When things got tough, Ward was always relaxed.
He was a leader with his management because he could help others get over nerves. When you factor all this into what makes Cam Ward special, you understand why he spent 13 years in Raleigh.