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The Debate on the Greatest Panther of All Time

Scott Cunningham

While we have all spent countless hours thinking on this issue, I think our franchise is still too young to be debating this. But internet is a great thing when it comes to debating things that shouldn't be. In that spirit, let's all talk this out!

NFL.com listed their favorite for all 32 teams. Julius Peppers got the honors for the Panthers. They apologized to Steve Smith Sr. - which I don't think is necessary.

Best player in team history, NFC edition: 49ers among hard calls - NFL.com
CAROLINA PANTHERS: Julius Peppers, defensive end Peppers is the choice for one of the league's younger franchises. The reason: He was considered the best at his position for several seasons. There probably isn't another Carolina Panther you can say that about. (Sorry, Steve Smith.) From 2004 to '06, there was no better defensive end at all phases of the position. Also, he was an integral part of a Panthers team that nearly took down the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Peppers is a Hall of Famer, no doubt.

I VERY strongly disagree with this. The Panthers organization is a very family oriented organization. JP left us when we had a GM who overpaid many guys and would've probably paid him over market value. JP wanted even more. Because of this, I don't think JP represented the spirit of the Panthers organization to get this title.

My vote will go for two guy: Jordan Gross and John Kasay (gasp!).

Yes, these are two guys who stayed with the team through thick and thin (Kasay was cut but I might one day forgive Rivera for that - not in the near future, but some day). They were both integral part of our teams during our successful season and as leaders were even more important in our bad season.

Thoughts?

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