In case you missed it, here is the underrated bracket:
Most Underrated Panthers
1. Chris Gamble
||1. Chris Gamble
|16. Brentson Buckner
|8. Mike Minter||8. Mike Minter
|9. Nick Goings|
|5. Michael Bates||12. Will Witherspoon||???|
|12. Will Witherspoon|
|4. Thomas Davis||4. Thomas Davis|
|13. Travelle Wharton|
|6. Brad Hoover||6. Brad Hoover
|11. Keydrick Vincent|
|3. Al Wallace||14. James Anderson|
|14. James Anderson|
|7. Jeff Mitchell||7. Jeff Mitchell||???|
|10. Brandon LaFell|
|2. Charles Johnson||2. Charles Johnson
|15. Kris Mangum|
This matchup is between Brad Hoover and James Anderson.
How they got here:
Brad Hoover defeated Keydrick Vincent 85%-15%
James Anderson defeated Al Wallace 67%-33%
Here's the case for Brad Hoover:
Brad Hoover wasn't one to rack up any flashy stats or get major media attention, but he was an integral part of the Panthers success running the football during his tenure in Carolina. He opened up running lanes for his backfield mates better than anyone else in franchise history, as evidenced by the fact that the Panthers still haven't found a lead blocker to replace him since he was released at the end of the 2009 season.
And, here's the case for James Anderson:
James Anderson is one of those guys who doesn't get much credit because he wasn't flashy. He was a tackling machine, but for some reason he always caught a lot of flack for not being a good player even though he was much better than some gave him credit for. He racked up a lot of tackles (454 total, including 145 in 2011), and while a lot of people aren't impressed by counting stats -- at least he was a solid tackler (something the Panthers have lacked in other parts of the defense).
Alright, it's time to open up the poll and find out who comes out on top. Who do you think was more underrated -- Brad Hoover or James Anderson? Cast your vote now!
Please remember that voting will close in 24 hours.