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Panthers Fans Salute Minter; Hall of Honor Next?

Mike Minter announced his retirement today after struggling with gimpy knees throughout training camp. Mike has been a fan favorite in Carolina since being drafted out of Nebraska in 1997. Known for his hard hits and spirited play he was the leader of the defense for ten tough seasons. He retires with the following team records:

Minter finished his career ranked as Carolina's all-time leader in games started, tackles, fumble recoveries, interception return yards and interception returns for touchdowns and tied for first in forced fumbles.

Mike explains his decision:

"I've thought about it long and hard. It's been a great 10 years in the NFL," Minter said. "I could not have spent it at a better place than Carolina with an owner like Jerry Richardson. I don't want to be at 80 or 85 percent but want to be remembered as a player who always played at 100 percent."

The Panthers have always placed a premium on character and Mike Minter was a class act. Marty Hurney sums it up best:

"Mike epitomizes everything we look for in a football player," said Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney. "He is a great competitor with high character and takes responsibility. Obviously, we are going to miss him greatly, because he has set such a high standard during his career."

If you want to point to one game that best sums up his contribution on the field you have to look no further than the Panthers lone Super Bowl appearance in 2003:

In Super Bowl XXXVIII against New England, he matched his personal best of 18 tackles despite playing the second half with a broken bone in his foot.

He is a man who had an impact on every one around him and there is no shortage of former coaches, teammates and opponents who have nothing but good things to say about him. John Kasay weighs in as a long time teammate:

When I think about Mike I always think about his heart. He would be beaten up on Monday and yet every time he would come back and be ready to play the next Sunday. I remember some of the big interceptions he had. Playing in the Super Bowl in the second half with a broken foot. He didn't tell anybody. The impact he had in the locker room. Those are the things that I treasure when I think back on Mike's career.

We salute you Mike and let me be the first to call for your induction into the Panthers Hall of Honor. You deserve it and will go down as one of the Panthers all-time greats.

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