CHARLOTTE, NK – When Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rule said the NFL project would be a joint effort, most speculated he was referring to first-year general manager Scott Fitterer.
It turns out that Julie Ruhl is also part of the process.
Roulette received a text from his wife 10 minutes before Carolina made her fourth round on Saturday. She insisted he take back Oklahoma Stuba Hubbard, who rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns against Baylor’s Rule team in 2019.
This is exactly what happened.
Roulette shared the text with Hubbard when he called to inform him that he had been selected by the 126th election. This was shared by the team’s website on social media. There is also a cameo from team owner David Tepper, who confirmed the text.
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Here’s how the conversation went:
Ruhl: “What’s going on, man? You know, I couldn’t sit there and watch you go through all these years in Baylor and not pick you up when I had the chance.”
Hubbard: [Laughs] “Yes, sir. I appreciate it. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Roulette: “That’s right. I have to tell you this, man. About 10 minutes ago, my wife texted me and said, ‘Please take Chuba Hubbard.’ “So she talks, it happens.”
Hubbard: “Yes, sir. I’m glad to be there with all of you.”
Teper: “It’s actually an absolute real story. He showed me the text. She said, ‘You better go home and you better [Hubbard]. ‘I’m telling you the truth. This is the damn truth. “
Rhule said the Panthers were considering Hubbard with their initial selection in the fourth round (109) before returning for a fifth time, so he could not give all the credit to his wife.
“I love my wife very much,” Rule said. “But shoot … I accept Scott’s opinion. And Scott accepts my opinion.”
Rule said staff arrived Saturday morning with several players “in a lump we liked,” including Hubbard.
“He was a dynamic player in 2019 who had two injuries last year that he had to rehabilitate during COVID, which is difficult,” Rule said. “He played this. He was tough enough and cared enough for his teammates to play a high ankle sprain, so it wasn’t the same level of performance.
“Julie, who is the wife of a coach, has played a lot of games and seen a lot of people. It’s funny, I had a former CEO who sent me a message and said, ‘It’s pretty simple. When you play against boys and you hate playing against them, they are people one day you want to include in your team. “
The Canadian-born Hubbard actually grew up as a fan of former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and welcomed Carolina to the Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season.
He is also a fan of Carolina, who is going back, Christian McCaffrey, considered one of the best all-backs in the NFL. Hubbard says he’s modeling much of his game after McCaffrey’s, especially when it comes to winning.
Apparently Rule’s wife is already a big Hubbard fan.