My Panthers Mt. Rushmore
Mac Attack weekly contributor Mike Florio will unveil his and the fans’ choices for the 4 spots on The Panthers Mt. Rushmore later today on NBC Sports Network. After much talk about it on today’s show and some deliberation. Here are my Fab Four……
1) Steve Smith- This is the no brainer lock of them all. 12 years, over 11,000 yards receiving and 4 Pro Bowls. He won the Receiving Triple Crown in 2005 and has been a part of the best era of Panthers football (3 playoff berths from 03′-08′). His fire on the field has been matched but very few in this organization.
2) Julius Peppers- If we take our hurt feelings from the way he left out of it, Pep is also a no brainer. Five Pro Bowls and 81 sacks in 8 years. And, he also was a key part on 3 playoff teams. The only guy who is in this guy’s league athletically in Panther history is Cam.
3) Sam Mills- 3 years as the leader of a Panthers Defense that helped them get to the NFC Title game in their 2nd year in existence in 1996. Then he coached from his retirement in 1997 to his way too early death in 2005. His battle with cancer was the inspiration for the 2003 Super Bowl Team.
4) John Fox- I will readily admit that Foxy will be bumped from this list down the road. Cam and Kuechly will probably do the bumping. But, at this point in the team’s short history. Fox deserves this spot. He coached the Panthers to 3 playoff bids, 5 playoff wins, 4 road playoff wins, 3 Division titles, a Super Bowl and 2 NFC Title Games. And he did all of that without a true franchise QB.