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The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time

Updated June 21, 2020 55.3k votes 5.7k voters 74.5k views137 items

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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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    Reggie White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 43 (1961-2004)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Volunteers football, Memphis Showboats

    Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional...  more

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    #98 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#474 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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    Graham Gano

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceArbroath, United Kingdom

    Age33

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Locomotives

    Graham Clark Gano (born April 9, 1987) is a Scottish-born American football placekicker for...  more
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    Chris Gamble

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Age37

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Chris Lee Gamble (born March 11, 1983) is a former American football cornerback who played...  more
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    Mike Tolbert

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceDouglasville, Georgia

    Age34

    TeamsCoastal Carolina Chanticleers football, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers

    William Michael Tolbert (born November 23, 1985) is an American football fullback who is...  more
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    Kristopher Rudy-Charles Jenkins (born August 3, 1979) is a former American football defensive...  more
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    Josh Norman

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceGreenwood, South Carolina

    Age32

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Josh Norman is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National...  more
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    Dan Morgan

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceClifton Heights, Pennsylvania

    Age41

    Daniel Thomas Morgan, Jr. (born December 19, 1978) is a former American college and...  more
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    Ricky Proehl

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Age52

    Richard Scott Proehl (born March 7, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more
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    Charles Tillman

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age39

    TeamsLouisiana Ragin' Cajuns football, Chicago Bears

    Charles Anthony Tillman (born February 23, 1981), nicknamed Peanut, is a former American...  more

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    #211 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#8 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Brad Hoover

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceThomasville, North Carolina

    Age43

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Bradley R. Hoover (born November 11, 1976) is a former American football fullback. He was...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Age40

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

    William Cordell Witherspoon (born August 19, 1980) is a former American football linebacker....  more
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    Ted Ginn, Jr.

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Age35

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Theodore Ginn Jr. (born April 12, 1985) is an American football wide receiver and return...  more
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    Star Lotulelei

    Starlite Lotulelei, Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of...  more
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    DeShaun Foster

    Running back

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    Age40

    DeShaun Xavier Foster (born January 10, 1980) is a former American football running back, who...  more
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    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Age32

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Captain Vegas Munnerlyn (born April 10, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the...  more
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    Andrew Norwell is an American Football offensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes....  more
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    Jayestin Tre'von Boston is an American football safety for the Carolina Panthers of the...  more
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    Ricky Manning

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceFresno, California

    Age39

    Richard "Ricky" Manning Jr. (born November 18, 1980) is a former American football cornerback...  more
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    Michael Bates

    Return specialist, Kickoff returner

    BirthplaceVictoria, Texas

    Age50

    Michael Dion Bates (born December 19, 1969) is a former two-sport athlete who gained fame as a...  more
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    Eric Davis

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceAnniston, Alabama

    Age52

    Eric Wayne Davis (born January 26, 1968) is a former professional American football player who...  more
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    BirthplaceBaytown, Texas

    Age34

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Charles Marquise Godfrey (born November 15, 1985) is a retired American football free safety....  more
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    Steve Beuerlein

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age50

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams

    Stephen Taylor Beuerlein (born March 7, 1965) is a former American football quarterback, and...  more
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    Devin Funchess

    Wide Reciever

    BirthplaceFarmington Hills, Michigan

    Age26

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers

    Devin Funchess is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National...  more
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    Roman Harper

    Safety

    BirthplacePrattville, Alabama

    Age37

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

    Roman Harper (born December 11, 1982) is a former American football safety. He played college...  more
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    Ken Lucas

    Cornerback, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCleveland, Mississippi

    Age41

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Kenyatta Cornelius Lucas (born January 23, 1979) is a former American football cornerback. He...  more