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The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time 

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Here are the best Carolina Panthers of all time, ranked from best to worst by the Ranker community. This list includes the greatest football players who have played for the Carolina Panthers. Formed in 1995 with their expansion brothers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Panthers have been one of the most up-and-down NFL 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 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 shorts 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 team's fortunes turned after that run and now are looking to rebuild on the strength of franchise quarterback Cam Newton, who in his short time has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

This is the list of the best Carolina Panthers of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think is the greatest Carolina Panthers player of all time.

 

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Wide receiver from Carlsbad, California

Age: 36

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Carolina Panthers. He ...more

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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
RodneyShifflett added Linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio

Age: 24

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played all eight seasons of his professional career with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football ...more

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#2,155 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #107 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #118 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Defensive end from Wilson, North Carolina

Age: 35

Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football at North Carolina, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and ...more

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#1,983 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #30 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #122 of 325 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Quarterback from Atlanta, Georgia

Age: 29

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Cameron Jerrell Newton (born May 11, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and Auburn. ...more

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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
bigulcards added Tight end from Wayne, New Jersey

Age: 30

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Gregory Walter Olsen (born March 11, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more

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Thomas Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Thomas Davis Linebacker from Shellman, Georgia

Age: 35

Teams: Los Angeles Chargers

Thomas Antonio Davis Sr. (born March 22, 1983) is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis played college football for the ...more

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#402 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #646 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #112 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Sam Mills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Linebacker from Neptune City, New Jersey

Age: Died at 46 (1959-2005)

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, Carolina Panthers

Samuel Davis Mills Jr. (June 3, 1959 – April 18, 2005) was an American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints and Carolina ...more

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#122 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #51 of 325 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #263 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Muhsin Muhammad Wide receiver from Lansing, Michigan

Age: 42

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Muhsin Muhammad II (; born Melvin Darnell Campbell Jr. May 5, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears of the National Football ...more

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#254 of 325 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #101 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time #151 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Jordan Gross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Jordan Gross Tackle from Nampa, Idaho

Age: 35

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Jordan Alan Gross (born July 20, 1980) is a former American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah, where ...more

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#517 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #14 of 17 The Best NFL Players From Idaho #9 of 24 The Best Carolina Panthers First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

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Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
slaft added Running back from Fort Lewis, Washington

Age: 28

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Oregon Ducks football

Jonathan Creon Stewart (born March 21, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played college football at the University of Oregon and was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the ...more
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Ryan Kalil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
slaft added Offensive Lineman and Center from Tucson, Arizona

Age: 33

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Ryan Joseph Kalil (born March 29, 1985) is an American football center for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC, where he was a member of ...more

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#463 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #34 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time #12 of 34 The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2019

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Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Linebacker from Schenectady, New York

Age: 53

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Auburn Tigers football, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers

Kevin Greene may refer to: Kevin Greene (rugby union) (born 1949), New Zealand rugby union player Kevin Greene (politician) (born 1958), Australian politician Kevin Greene (American football) ...more

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#45 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #141 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #16 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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DeAngelo Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Running back from Wynne, Arkansas

Age: 35

Teams: Memphis Tigers football, Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Chondon Williams (born April 25, 1983) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Memphis, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of ...more

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#92 of 226 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #294 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #79 of 127 The Best Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time

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Jake Delhomme is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Quarterback from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Age: 44

Teams: Amsterdam Admirals, New Orleans Saints, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, + more

Jake Christopher Delhomme (; born January 10, 1975) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Delhomme played college football at ...more

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John Kasay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker from Athens, Georgia

Age: 46

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers

John David Kasay (born October 27, 1969) is a former American football kicker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. ...more
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Wesley Walls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Tight end from Batesville, Mississippi

Age: 52

Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.

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#649 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #64 of 92 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time #9 of 24 The Best NFL Tight Ends of the '90s

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Kawann Short is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
joey87 added Kawann Short
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Jon Beason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Linebacker from Miramar, Florida

Age: 30

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

Jonathan "Jon" Beason (born January 14, 1985) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more

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#37 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time #133 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time #31 of 78 The Best New York Giants Linebackers of All Time

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Mike Minter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Mike Minter Safety and Defensive back from Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 41

Michael Christopher Minter (born January 15, 1974) is an American football coach, retired safety, and businessman. Minter is currently the head coach of the Campbell Fighting Camels and played ...more

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Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
jason-macdonald added Cornerback from Greenwood, South Carolina

Age: 28

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Josh Norman is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football at Coastal Carolina. He was selected by the Panthers in the ...more
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Charles Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
slaft added Defensive end from Hawkinsville, Georgia

Age: 29

Teams: Georgia Bulldogs football team, Carolina Panthers

Charles Johnson (born July 10, 1986) is a former American football defensive end who played 11 seasons for the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more
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Mike Rucker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Mike Rucker Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Saint Joseph, Missouri

Age: 40

Michael Dean Rucker (born February 28, 1975) is a former American football defensive end who played eight seasons for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played ...more

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Stephen Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
Stephen Davis Running back from Spartanburg, South Carolina

Age: 41

Teams: Washington Redskins, Auburn Tigers football, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers

Stephen Lamont Davis (born March 1, 1974) is a former American football running back who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

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Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Christian McCaffrey

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time
wiabux added Chris Gamble Cornerback from Boston, Massachusetts

Age: 32

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Chris Lee Gamble (born March 11, 1983) is a former American football cornerback who played nine seasons for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more