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The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time

Updated June 21, 2020 58.7k votes 5.6k voters 72.8k 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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  • Julius Peppers1
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    Julius Peppers

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceWilson, North Carolina

    Age40

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

    Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Luke Kuechly2
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    461

    Luke Kuechly

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age29

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Smith3
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    507

    Steve Smith

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCarlsbad, California

    Age41

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Greg Olsen4
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    309

    Greg Olsen

    Tight end

    BirthplaceWayne, New Jersey

    Age35

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Gregory Walter Olsen (born March 11, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Carolina... more on Wikipedia
  • Thomas Davis5
    1,500
    383

    Thomas Davis

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceShellman, Georgia

    Age37

    TeamsLos Angeles Chargers

    Thomas Antonio Davis Sr. (born March 22, 1983) is an American football linebacker for the Los... more on Wikipedia
  • Cam Newton6
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    Cam Newton

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Age31

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Cameron Jerrell Newton (born May 11, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sam Mills7
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    Sam Mills

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey

    AgeDied at 46 (1959-2005)

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, Carolina Panthers

    Samuel Davis Mills Jr. (June 3, 1959 – April 18, 2005) was an American football linebacker who... more on Wikipedia
  • Muhsin Muhammad8
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    Muhsin Muhammad

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan

    Age47

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Muhsin Muhammad II (; born Melvin Darnell Campbell Jr. May 5, 1973) is a former American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jordan Gross9
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    Jordan Gross

    Tackle

    BirthplaceNampa, Idaho

    Age40

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Jordan Alan Gross (born July 20, 1980) is a former American football offensive tackle for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kevin Greene10
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    Kevin Greene

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceSchenectady, New York

    Age58

    TeamsLos 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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ryan Kalil11
    887
    307

    Ryan Kalil

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona

    Age35

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Ryan Joseph Kalil (born March 29, 1985) is an American football center for the New York Jets... more on Wikipedia
  • Kawann Short12
    606
    173

    Kawann Short

  • Jonathan Stewart13
    936
    340

    Jonathan Stewart

    Running back

    BirthplaceFort Lewis, Washington

    Age33

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Oregon Ducks football

    Jonathan Creon Stewart (born March 21, 1987) is a former American football running back. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Wesley Walls14
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    Wesley Walls

    Tight end

    BirthplaceBatesville, Mississippi

    Age54

    Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played... more on Wikipedia

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    #61 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time#10 of 24 The Best NFL Tight Ends of the '90s

  • DeAngelo Williams15
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    420

    DeAngelo Williams

    Running back

    BirthplaceWynne, Arkansas

    Age37

    TeamsMemphis Tigers football, Carolina Panthers

    DeAngelo Chondon Williams (born April 25, 1983) is a former American football running back. He... more on Wikipedia
  • John Kasay16
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    285

    John Kasay

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceAthens, Georgia

    Age50

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers

    John David Kasay (born October 27, 1969) is a former American football kicker in the National... more on Wikipedia
  • Jake Delhomme17
    951
    390

    Jake Delhomme

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBreaux Bridge, Louisiana

    Age45

    TeamsAmsterdam Admirals, New Orleans Saints, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns

    Jake Christopher Delhomme (; born January 10, 1975) is a former American football quarterback... more on Wikipedia

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  • Christian McCaffrey18
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    Christian McCaffrey

    Running Back

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

    Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and... more on Wikipedia
  • Mike Rucker19
    485
    160

    Mike Rucker

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceSaint Joseph, Missouri

    Age45

    Michael Dean Rucker (born February 28, 1975) is a former American football defensive end who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Shaq Thompson20
    Shaquille Green-Thompson, is an American football linebacker running back and safety. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Mike Minter21
    575
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    Mike Minter

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Age46

    Michael Christopher Minter (born January 15, 1974) is an American football coach, retired... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles Johnson22
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    Charles Johnson

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceHawkinsville, Georgia

    Age34

    TeamsGeorgia Bulldogs football team, Carolina Panthers

    Charles Johnson (born July 10, 1986) is a former American football defensive end who played 11... more on Wikipedia
  • Jon Beason23
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    Jon Beason

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiramar, Florida

    Age35

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

    Jonathan "Jon" Beason (born January 14, 1985) is a former American football linebacker who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Trai Turner24
  • Reggie White25
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    Reggie White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    AgeDied 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 on Wikipedia

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