The 10 Greatest Carolina Panthers Of All Time
Although their franchise is only 15 years old, the Carolina Panthers have produced some great players. Charlotte has had the privilege of some of the game's greats wearing the silver and black.
Game-breakers, show-stoppers, All-Pros, and future Hall of Famers have showcased their wares at Carolina.
Who are the best of the best of the Panthers? Every one has their own opinion.
Here is one man's list of the 10 greatest players in Panthers' history.
10. Mike Minter
Minter, a Nebraska alum, was a great asset to the Panthers both on and off the field. Minter retired in 2007 after nine seasons, with team records for game starts (141) and consecutive starts (94), as well as for fumble recoveries and interceptions resulting in touchdowns.
Minter was a leader on the field and now has decided to take those same leadership skills to the national level by running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.
9. Kevin Greene
Greene, sometimes remembered more for his flamboyant personality and short-lived professional wrestling career, was a tremendous player.
Greene was an All-Pro with both the Rams and the Steelers before signing with the Panthers n 1996. He was selected to the Pro Bowl that year and was named the NFL Linebacker of the Year.
Greene helped the Panthers reach the NFC championship game in only their second year of existence.
He still holds the record for the most career sacks by a linebacker (160).
8. Stephen Davis
The Auburn alum powered the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2003.
After several Pro Bowl seasons with the Redskins, he signed with the Panthers in 2003 and had a career year, rushing for 1,444 and eight touchdowns. He finished third in MVP voting that year.
Injuries kept him from ever performing to this level again, but Panthers' fans will never forget the memorable year that Davis had during Carolina's Super Bowl run.
7. Wesley Walls
Walls was originally drafted by the 49'ers where he languished for several years behind All-Pro TE Brent Jones. After signing a free agent contract with the Saints, his career took off.
When he arrived in Charlotte in 1996, he became a perennial Pro-Bowler, earning All-Pro honors five times. Walls finished his career with 450 catches for 5,291 yards and 54 touchdowns.
Whenever the Panthers had in inside the Red Zone, it was "Walls Time."
6. John Kasay
The only "original" Panther left from that 1995 team, Kasay is a model of consistency on and off the field.
On the field, he is a clutch kicker, holding several league records including the distinction of being the only person to complete four field goals from 46+ yards in a single game.He will finish his career as one of the leading scorers in the history of the NFL.
Off the field, no one is more respected than Kasay. He is a dedicated Christian that has been a confidante of teammates through the years.
5. Jake Delhomme
Love him or hate him, Delhomme is without a doubt the best quarterback in team history.
Since 2003 Delhomme, whose name literally means "The Man," has been exactly that as the Panthers field general since 2003.
Jake has led the Panthers to two NFC championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. He has also engineered a number of fourth quarter comebacks.
4. Julius Peppers
With all the off-the-field turmoil this past off-season, most Panthers fans balk at seeing his name on a list of all-time greats, but give Peppers his due.
After his arrival in Charlotte, he quickly established himself as one of the game's greats. He won Rookie of the Year Honors in 2002, and has made the Pro Bowl four times in his brief career.
If he does indeed leave the Cats this year, he will carry with him the record for most career sacks in a Panthers' uniform.
3. Muhsin Muhammad
"Moose" as he is affectionately known by adoring Panthers' fans, has been one of the most productive Panthers.
Muhammad had an incredible 2004 season, leading the NFL with a career- high 1,405 receiving yards and 16 touchdown receptions while earning his second Pro Bowl invitation.
"Moose" had three lost years after signing with the Bears following the 2004 season, but his homecoming to Charlotte in 2008 was a big reason for the Panthers 12-4 regular season mark.
In 2008 Muhammad became the 29th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.
2. Steve Smith
One of the greatest steals in the NFL draft occurred when Carolina selected Smith in the third round of the 2001 draft.
Naysayers said that the diminutive wide receiver from the University of Utah was too small for the big time.
Smith has become one of the league's most dangerous weapons, a game-breaker that has caused many defensive coordinators to lose sleep.
If Smith can steer clear of off-the-field problems, he will find his bust in Canton, Ohio one day.
1. Sam Mills
Others had more talent, most had more size, but no one had more heart than No. 51. During the first three years of the Panthers' existence, he was the heart and soul of the team.
Mills is the only member thus far of the Panthers Hall of Honor and, if you visit Bank of America Stadium, you will find a breath-taking statue of the fiery linebacker whose motto, "Keep Pounding," became a rallying cry for adoring fans during his battle with cancer.