Greatest Panther of all time grand finale: Jake Delhomme vs. Steve Smith

So its come to this. There was a good chance we could always end up at this point, but it was important we let the voting play out. We know what this argument will be: "Did Smith make Delhomme, or did Delhomme make Smith" ultimately, this will be the crux of the conversation I feel.

Please remember to keep the discussion respectful regardless of how you may feel on the topic. If you're interested in the bracket to see how we got to this point you can find it here.

Jake Delhomme, QB

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Statistics as a Panther: 91 games, 1,580 completions, 19,258 yards, 84.9 QB rating, 120 TD

Accolades: Pro Bowl (2005)

What is there to say about Jake Delhomme? We was a free agent acquisition who was never really intended to start, but during the opening game of the 2003 season against Jacksonville with Rodney Peete crumbling-- in came Delhomme to begin his Carolina Panthers legacy. The mild mannered Cajun was arguably the greatest QB this franchise has had. He possessed a gunslinger mentality like Brett Favre which was both his best attribute and his greatest downfall. Whether you love or hate Delhomme his tenure in Carolina must be respected.

 

Steve Smith, WR

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Statistics as a Panther: 135 games, 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.

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