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“Greatest Panther” Poll Shows How Far Franchise Still Has to Go

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jul 11th 2008 10:20AM by David J. Warner (author feed)
Filed under: Panthers, NFC SouthWhen you’re stuck in that NFL dead zone in between post-draft minicamp and the start of training camp, you find yourself looking for things to do. This is doubly true in the media, which suddenly has little to write about unless draft picks get signed or sketchy receivers get busted for cutting cocaine in the back of a van.

With that in mind, the gang at the Rock Hill Herald has decided to occupy fans time with a simple question: who’s the greatest Carolina Panther ever?

Upon looking at this poll, though, “greatest” suddenly seems relative. Sure, you’ve got quality players on here — Mike Rucker, Mike Minter, Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, John Kasay, etc. Some of these names, though, only serve to remind you just how young this franchise is. How many great years did Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster have? Does Kerry Collins deserve to be on here after only one great year? Can we consider his replacement, Steve Beuerlein, truly great? And didn’t Sam Mills and Kevin Greene have their best years with other teams?

This year marks the Panthers’ 15th season in the NFL. Perhaps we should wait another decade before running such a poll again. I’m not sure the franchise has been around long enough for us to consider this question. Besides, I’m too biased by the current lineup not to vote for Smith.

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