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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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  • Christian McCaffrey
    1
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • Luke Kuechly
    2
    Linebacker
    • Age: 31
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football
  • Steve Smith
    3
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 43
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • Julius Peppers
    4
    Defensive end
    • Age: 42
    • Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers
  • Greg Olsen
    5
    Tight end
    • Age: 37
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks
  • Sam Mills
    6
    Linebacker
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1959-2005)
    • Teams: New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, Carolina Panthers
  • Thomas Davis
    7
    Linebacker
    • Age: 39
    • Teams: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Cam Newton
    8
    Quarterback
    • Age: 33
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • Muhsin Muhammad
    9
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 49
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • Jordan Gross
    10
    • Age: 42
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • Jonathan Stewart
    11
    Running back
    • Age: 35
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers, Oregon Ducks football
  • Jake Delhomme
    12
    Quarterback
    • Age: 47
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns
  • Kevin Greene
    13
    Linebacker
    • Age: 60
    • Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Auburn Tigers football, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers
  • Ryan Kalil
    14
    Offensive Lineman, Center
    • Age: 37
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • Shaq Thompson
    15
    Outside linebacker
    • Age: 28
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers
  • DeAngelo Williams
    16
    Running back
    • Age: 39
    • Teams: Memphis Tigers football, Carolina Panthers
  • Wesley Walls
    17
    Tight end
    • Age: 56
  • John Kasay
    18
    Placekicker
    • Age: 52
    • Teams: Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers
  • Trai Turner
    19
    • Age: 29
    • Teams: Washington Commanders
  • Charles Johnson
    20
    Defensive end
    • Age: 36
    • Teams: Georgia Bulldogs football team, Carolina Panthers
  • Mike Rucker
    21
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
    • Age: 47
  • Reggie White
    22
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
    • Age: Dec. at 43 (1961-2004)
    • Teams: Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Volunteers football, Memphis Showboats
  • Mike Minter
    23
    Safety, Defensive back
    • Age: 48
  • Graham Gano
    24
    Placekicker
    • Age: 35
    • Teams: New York Giants
  • Jon Beason
    25
    Linebacker
    • Age: 37
    • Teams: Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants