Last round I feel that the emotional response took over the voting as Jordan Gross edged out Julius Peppers by just seven votes. However, that's the way the cookie crumbles and if fans believe spurning the fan-base is reason to be taken out of the competition then it's fair enough.
Something tells me Gross wont make it out of this round as he faces Steve Smith.
Steve Smith, WR
Statistics as a Panther: 620 receptions, 8,884 yards, 52 TD
Accolades: Pro Bowl (2001, 2005, 2006, 2008), All Pro (2001, 2005, 2008), 2005 Triple Crown Winner, 2005 Comeback player of the year
Steve Smith is Carolina Panther offense. It's rare that you can say a single player is the embodiment of an entire organization, but Smith is one of those players. Small, gritty, fighting tooth and nail for every last yard-- as a scrappy receiver Smitty has captured the hearts of fans and littered our collective consciousness with fond memories. Though off the field he's had issues here or there he's always remained a fan favorite. Here's hoping we'll have many more years with Smith at WR.
Jordan Gross, OL
Statistics as a Panther: 120 games
Accolades: Pro Bowl (2008, 2010), All Pro (2008)
Since he was selected in the 2003 draft starting LT Jordan Gross has ensured the Panthers have had a clean QB as much as possible. Still regarded as one of the premier LTs in the NFL Gross is routinely named as one of the best linemen in the league. However, he's more than a paragon of good play on the field as he started his off-season charity kickball game, organized the Panthers' offseason workouts this year and has become one of the premier leaders for the Panthers.