This is it folks... the last matchup in the 1st round. Thus far the round has been fairly easy, well, the second round already looks like a doozie.
This match-up pits HOOOOV against Beast. Two players, both fan favorites. Who will win!?
Brad Hoover, FB
Statistics as a Panther: 152 games, 961 rushing yards, 1,046 receiving yards, 9 total TD
I don't know if there's a better allegory for the Carolina Panthers as an organization than FB Brad Hoover. The local boy who was born in Thomasville, NC, went to Western Carolina University and then went un-drafted only to be signed by the Panthers in 2000. Over the 10 seasons Hoover was in Carolina he was a consummate professional and excellent blocking fullback. Always willing to do the dirty work, or get the hard yards there's good reason we still love HOOOOV.
Jon Beason, MLB
Statistics as a Panther: 64 games, 540 tackles, 8 INT, 3 FF
Accolades: Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010), All Pro (2008, 2009)
In a short time Jon Beason has proved to be the undeniable leader of the Carolina Panthers. When he arrived in Charlotte as a 1st round pick in 2007 he saw a team in desperate need of a defensive leader and went about filling that role. Since that time Beason has further taken on the role as leader and with the departure Jake Delhomme he cemented himself as the 'go to' leader on both sides of the ball. When this is coupled with outstanding on field play, averaging 135 tackles each season you have a player who is on the fast track to 'greatest ever' whether it's now, or in the future.