The Carolina Panthers Are the Best, Least Talked About Team in the NFL

Steve BlairContributor IOctober 21, 2008

If you are not a Panthers fan, you might have never heard the name Jonathan Stewart, or DeAngelo Williams, or even Jake Delhomme, who was the quarterback that led the Panthers to an NFC championship and nearly a Super Bowl championship.

The Panthers are 5-2, which is the third best record in the NFL! They are tied for first in the NFC South with Tampa Bay, and the only teams with a better record are the undefeated Titans and the Super Bowl Champion Giants and the Bills. We have one—yes, one—Monday night game this year. Why aren't people talking?

Well, I was having a conversation with a former Panther, and he told me that of all the NFL teams he has played on, Carolina was the worst football town he'd ever seen. I was floored.

I'm a huge fan. I've lived in Nashville the last five years, and I can't stand the Titans. I LOVE CAROLINA PANTHER FOOTBALL! My dad works for the Panthers! I know tons of people that feel the same way. But I guess the rest of the country does not feel this way. I still do not know why.

We have one of the most explosive wide receivers in the league with Steve Smith. We have a star rookie running back in Jonathan Stewart, and we have one of the best defensive players in the league with Julius Peppers.

I guess it's easy to lose all of this in the strong tradition of Carolina-based college basketball. Michael Jordan, James Worthy, and countless numbers of NBA stars came out of the NC State, Tar Heel, Duke, Wake Forest, and other NC systems.

However, the Panthers can and should stand on their own as a viable professional sports team. Within the first 10 years they were NFC champs and went to the Super Bowl, which was one of the best Super Bowls in history against the Patriots

All I have to say is this: The Cats are a tough team with star players that can ruin the day of any team in the NFL. Press or no press, this is a team that other teams should fear.