This is a tough one for me personally, because I know who I want to say... but I know who I have to say based on the numbers. This is a case of the oft lazy, but immensely talented DE vs. the always hard working, classy WR who is currently our offensive assistant.
At this point you folks know the drill... so vote and discuss after the jump
Julius Peppers, DE
Statistics as a Panther: 122 games, 81 sacks, 30 FF
Accolades: 5 time Pro Bowl, 4 time All Pro, NFL All 2000s decade team
- I still believe he could be the most dominant defensive player the NFL has ever seen... I just wonder if he ever truly wanted it. The maddening thing about Peppers is that he has the physical tools most only dream of, and even if his motor was only running at 60%, that 60% was good enough to make him one of the most dominant defensive ends in the last decade.
Ricky Proehl, WR
Statistcis as a Panther: 48 games, 1,327 yards, 8 TD
- Numbers alone don't define a man's impact on a franchise, but rather what he does to those around him. Ricky Proehl had a knack for not putting up gaudy numbers, but he was always there for the critical play needed. Whether it was ushering in the Jake Delhomme era with and end zone reception against Jacksonville, or getting a critical 3rd down out of the slot he was always there. Proehl is credited from developing Steve Smith as a pro, and now has returned to the Panthers as a coach, hoping to mold them in his image as great players- but even better people.