Carolina Panthers

My All Time Favorite Carolina Panthers Players

Formed in 1995 with their expansion brothers the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers have been one of the most up-and-down franchises during their existence. The early Panthers teams were some of the best in football. Carolina reached the NFC Championship Game in only its second year and had some of the best linebackers players in the league on that team. Franchise icons like Sam Mills, Kevin Greene, and Lamar Lathon were part of a brutal linebacking core that struck fear into the hearts of opposing offenses. Also, one of the best receivers in team history, Mushin Muhammad, was drafted during the franchise’s early years.

After a 1-15 season in 2001, the Panthers regrouped and by 2003, the team went to its first Super Bowl. Led by some of the best players in team history like quarterback Jake Delhomme, Julius Peppers and Steve Smith, the Panthers fell three points short against the heavily favored New England Patriots. Smith in particular has established himself as one of the premier receivers in the league. He and Muhammad formed the best Panthers receiving duo to date.

The Carolina Panthers found success very quickly for an expansion team. They have already played in two Super Bowls and have been extremely competitive since their second season in the league.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Jake Delhomme

Jake Delhomme - New Orleans Saints - Carolina Panthers - Quarterback

2000 Fleer Tradition #220 Rookie Card

 

Cam Newton

Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers - Quarterback - 1st Pick in 2011 Draft

2011 Topps Chrome #1 Rookie Card

 

RUNNING BACKS

DeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers - Running Back

2006 Score #334 Rookie Card

 

DeShaun Foster

DeShaun Foster - Carolina Panthers - Running Back

2002 Topps Pristine #112 Rookie Card

 

FB – Brad Hoover (2000-2006)

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Steve Smith

Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers - Wide Receiver

2001 Upper Deck #274 Rookie Card

 

Muhsin Muhammad

Muhsin Muhammad - Carolina Panthers - Wide Receiver

1996 Fleer Skybox #217 Rookie Card

 

Mark Carrier

Mark Carrier - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Carolina Panthers - Wide Receiver

1989 Score #188 Rookie Card

 

TIGHT ENDS

Wesley Walls

Wesley Walls - San Francisco 49ers - Carolina Panthers - Tight End

1989 Pro Set #538 Rookie Card

 

TE – Kris Mangum (1997-2006)

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Todd Steussie

Todd Steussie - Minnesota Vikings - Carolina Panthers - Offensive Tackle

1994 Stadium Club #459 Rookie Card

 

Kevin Donnalley

Kevin Donnalley - Houston Oilers - Carolina Panthers - Offensive Guard

1991 Score #607 Rookie Card

 

OC – Jeff Mitchell (2001-2005)

OG – Mike Wahle (2005-2007)

Jordan Gross

Jordan Gross - Carolina Panthers - Offensive Tackle

2003 Upper Deck #138 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers - Carolina Panthers - Chicago Bears - Defensive End

2002 Bowman Chrome #135 Rookie Card

 

DT – Brentson Buckner (2001-2005)

DT – Kris Jenkins (2001-2007)

Mike Rucker

Mike Rucker - Carolina Panthers - Defensive End

2002 Pacific #66 Rookie Card

 

LINEBACKERS

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene - St. Louis Rams - Carolina Panthers - Linebacker

1988 Topps #300 Rookie Card

 

Sam Mills

Sam Mills - New Orleans Saints - Carolina Panthers - Linebacker

1988 Topps #65 Rookie Card

 

Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan - Carolina Panthers - Linebacker

2001 Upper Deck #212 Vintage Rookie Card

 

Michael Barrow

Michael Barrow - Houston Oilers - Carolina Panthers - Linebacker

1993 Stadium Club #488 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Eric Davis

Eric Davis - San Francisco 49ers - Carolina Panthers

1990 Fleer #U47 Rookie Card

 

Tyrone Poole

Tyrone Poole - Carolina Panthers - Cornerback

1995 Upper Deck SP #11 Rookie Card

 

Chris Gamble

Chris Gamble - Carolina Panthers - Cornerback

2004 Upper Deck #253 Rookie Card

 

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall - Carolina Panthers - Defensive Back

2006 Leaf Limited #234 Rookie Card

 

S – Mike Minter (1997-2003)

S – Chad Cota (1995-1997)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – John Kasay

John Kasay - Seattle Seahawks - Carolina Panthers - Kicker

1992 Upper Deck #54 All Rookie Team Card

 

P – Todd Sauerbrun (2001-2004)

PR – Michael Bates (1996-00,2002)

KR – Michael Bates (1996-00,2002)

 

NICKNAME

  • Team owner Jerry Richardson’s son Mark is responsible for the selection of Panthers as the team name. Mark, who felt that there should be some “synergy” between the name and the team colors also suggested the team colors of black, blue and silver.

HEAD COACHES

  • Dom Capers (1995-1998)
  • George Seifert (1999-2001)
  • John Fox (2002-2010)
  • Ron Rivera (2011-Present)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

  • None

SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES

  • Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003) – Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots
  • Super Bowl 50 (2015) – Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 1996, 2003, 2005, 2015

DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  • 1996, 2003, 2008, 2015

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

  • 1996, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2015

PLAYOFF RECORD

  • 9-7 .5625

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Reggie White DE (2000)

RETIRED NUMBERS

  • 51 Sam Mills LB (1995-1997)

PRO BOWL MVP

  • None

AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 1996 Dom Capers

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2002 Julius Peppers DE

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2011 Cam Newton QB

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

NFL MVP

  • None

SUPER BOWL MVP

  • None

 

©MMXVI My All Time Favorites, all pictures and logos, team names are property of the National Football League. This site is not affiliated with the NFL or Carolina Panthers.  All Football Cards are low resolution scans from a personal collection and each is credited with the production company name and year.  This site is maintained for research purposes only.

 

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