Ever since LeBron James mentioned his NBA Mt. Rushmore, it seems like more people know who makes up that one than the actual Mt. Rushmore. Of course that go us at cover32 thinking, who is on the Mt. Rushmore for every NFL team?
For the Carolina Panthers, it’s:
–Julius Peppers, the franchise’s all-time sack leader
–Jake Delhomme, the franchise’s greatest quarterback ever who lead them to their only Super Bowl
–Steve Smith, who holds every receiving record for the Panthers
–Sam Mills, the first player in franchise history to have his number retired
It’s hard to argue with this in my opinion. Steve Smith is the best player in franchise history. In 2005, he won the receiving “triple crown” leading the league in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He almost single handedly made the Panthers a Top 10 offense that year. He’s had countless heroic moments bailing out Panthers quarterbacks. That’s not to say Delhomme wasn’t very good. He played very well in the 2003 and 2005 playoff runs to the Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game respectively. In fact, had the Panthers pulled it out against the Patriots, he likely would’ve been named Super Bowl MVP. Peppers took plays off but was the best defensive player Carolina has ever had. His freakish combination of size, speed, and strength gave nightmares to opposing offensive coordinators. Sam Mills is here for the inspiration he brings to the franchise. After losing his battle with cancer, Mills’ trademark “Keep Pounding” became the mantra for the team and still is to this day.
Do you agree with this list? Who would be in your Panthers Mt. Rushmore? Let us know in the comments section!
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