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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1995 –PRESENT)

* NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (1995–PRESENT)

* NFC West (1995–2001) * NFC SOUTH (2002–PRESENT)

CURRENT UNIFORM

TEAM COLORS

Black, Panther Blue, Silver

MASCOT Sir Purr
Sir Purr

PERSONNEL

OWNER(S) Jerry Richardson

PRESIDENT Vacant

GENERAL MANAGER Marty Hurney (interim)

HEAD COACH Ron Rivera

TEAM HISTORY

* CAROLINA PANTHERS (1995–PRESENT)

CHAMPIONSHIPS

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS (0)

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (2)

* NFC: 2003 , 2015

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (6)

* NFC WEST: 1996 * NFC SOUTH: 2003 , 2008 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (7)

* NFL: 1996 , 2003 , 2005 , 2008 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015

HOME FIELDS

* Memorial Stadium (1995 ) * BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM (1996 –PRESENT)

The CAROLINA PANTHERS are a professional American football
American football
team based in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
. The Panthers compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The club is worth approximately US$1.56 billion, according to Forbes
Forbes
, and is controlled by founder Jerry Richardson and his family, who have a 48 percent stake; the remainder of the team is held by a group of 14 limited partners . The head coach is Ron Rivera .

The Panthers were announced as the league's 29th franchise in 1993, and began play in 1995. The Panthers played well in their first two years, finishing 7–9 in 1995 (an all-time best for an NFL expansion team's first season) and 12–4 the following year, winning the NFC West before ultimately losing to the eventual Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champion Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
in the NFC Championship Game. They did not have another winning season until 2003, when they won the NFC Championship Game and reached Super Bowl XXXVIII
Super Bowl XXXVIII
, losing 32–29 to the New England Patriots . After recording playoff appearances in 2005 and 2008, the team failed to record another playoff appearance until 2013, the first of three consecutive NFC South titles. After losing in the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
in 2013 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, the Panthers finally returned to the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
in 2016 , but lost to the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
. The Panthers have reached the playoffs seven times, advancing to four NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls. They have won six division titles, one in the NFC West and five in the NFC South .

The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
are legally registered as Panther Football, LLC. The team is headquartered in Bank of America Stadium
Bank of America Stadium
in uptown Charlotte ; also the team's home field . They are one of the few NFL teams to own the stadium they play in, which is legally registered as Panthers Stadium, LLC. The Panthers are supported throughout the Carolinas ; although the team has played its home games in Charlotte since 1996, it played home games at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during its first season. The team hosts its annual training camp at Wofford College
Wofford College
in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Logo and uniforms

* 2.1 Logo * 2.2 Uniforms

* 3 Stadium and practice facilities

* 4 Culture

* 4.1 Mascot, cheerleaders, and drumline * 4.2 Keep Pounding Drum * 4.3 Songs and traditions * 4.4 Charity and community work * 4.5 Radio and television

* 5 Rivalries

* 5.1 Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks

* 6 Players

* 6.1 Current roster * 6.2 Hall of Honor * 6.3 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees

* 7 Ownership and administration

* 7.1 Coaches * 7.2 Current staff

* 8 Team records

* 9 Franchise records

* 9.1 Passing * 9.2 Rushing * 9.3 Receiving

* 9.4 Other

* 9.4.1 Returning * 9.4.2 Kicking * 9.4.3 Defense

* 9.5 Exceptional performances

* 10 References * 11 External links

HISTORY

Further information: History of the Carolina Panthers

On December 15, 1987, entrepreneur Jerry Richardson announced his bid for an NFL expansion franchise in the Carolinas . A North Carolina native, Richardson was a former wide receiver on the Baltimore Colts who had used his 1959 league championship bonus to co-found the Hardee\'s restaurant chain, later becoming president and CEO of TW Services . Richardson drew his inspiration to pursue an NFL franchise from George Shinn , who had made a successful bid for an expansion National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) team in Charlotte, the Charlotte Hornets . Richardson founded Richardson Sports, a partnership consisting of himself, his family, and a number of businessmen from North and South Carolina were also recruited to be limited partners . Richardson looked at four potential locations for a stadium, ultimately choosing uptown Charlotte . In choosing the team name, the Richardsons did not run focus groups with potential fans. Their intention had always been the 'Panthers'; Jerry Richardson began driving a car with the license plate 'PNTHRS' near the end of 1989.

To highlight the demand for professional football in the Carolinas, Richardson Sports held preseason games around the area from 1989 to 1991. The first two games were held at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina , and Kenan Memorial Stadium
Kenan Memorial Stadium
in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
North Carolina
, while the third and final game was held at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina . The matchups were between existing NFL teams. In 1991, the group formally filed an application for the open expansion spot, and on October 26, 1993, the 28 NFL owners unanimously named the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
as the 29th member of the NFL.

The Panthers first competed in the 1995 NFL season ; they were one of two expansion teams to begin play that year, the other being the Jacksonville Jaguars . The Panthers were put in the NFC West to increase the size of that division to five teams; there were already two other southeastern teams in the division, the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints . Former Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
defensive coordinator Dom Capers was named the first head coach. The team finished its inaugural season 7–9, the best performance ever from a first-year expansion team. They performed even better in their second season, finishing with a 12–4 record and winning the NFC West division, as well as securing a first-round bye. The Panthers beat the defending Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champions Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
in the divisional round before losing the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
. The team managed only a 7–9 finish in 1997 and slipped to 4–12 in 1998 , leading to Capers' dismissal as head coach.

The Panthers hired former San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
head coach George Seifert to replace Capers, and he led the team to an 8–8 record in 1999 . The team finished 7–9 in 2000 and fell to 1–15 in 2001 , winning their first game but losing their last 15. This performance tied the NFL record for most losses in a single season and it broke the record held by the winless 1976 Buccaneers for most consecutive losses in a single season (both records have since been broken by the 2008 Lions ), leading the Panthers to fire Seifert.

After the NFL's expansion to 32 teams in 2002, the Panthers were relocated from the NFC West to the newly created NFC South division; The Panthers' rivalries with the Falcons and Saints were maintained, and they would be joined by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
. New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox was hired to replace Seifert and led the team to a 7–9 finish in 2002. Although the team's defense gave up very few yards, ranking the second-best in the NFL in terms of yards conceded, they were hindered by an offense that gained very few yards, ranking as the second-worst in the league in terms of yards gained. The Panthers improved to 11–5 in the 2003 regular season , winning the NFC South and making it to Super Bowl XXXVIII
Super Bowl XXXVIII
before losing to the New England Patriots 32–29 in what was immediately hailed by sportswriter Peter King as the "Greatest Super Bowl
Super Bowl
of all time". King felt the game "was a wonderful championship battle, full of everything that makes football dramatic, draining, enervating, maddening, fantastic, exciting" and praised, among other things, the unpredictability, coaching, and conclusion. The game is still viewed as one of the best Super Bowls of all time, and in the opinion of Charlotte-based NPR
NPR
reporter Scott Jagow, the Panthers' Super Bowl appearance represented the arrival of Charlotte onto the national scene.

Following a rocky 1–7 start in 2004, the Panthers rebounded to win six of their last seven games despite losing 14 players for the season due to injury. They lost their last game to New Orleans , finishing the 2004 season at 7–9. Had they won the game, the Panthers would have made the playoffs. The team improved to 11–5 in 2005 , finishing second in the division behind Tampa Bay and clinching a playoff berth as a wild-card . In the first round of the playoffs, the Panthers went on the road to face the New York Giants, beating them 23–0 for the NFL's first playoff shutout against a home team since 1980. The following week, they beat Chicago 29–21 on the road, but lost key players Julius Peppers
Julius Peppers
, a defensive end , and DeShaun Foster , a running back , who were both injured during the game. The Panthers were then defeated 34–14 by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, ending their season. Although the Panthers went into the 2006 season as favorites to win the NFC South, they finished with a disappointing 8–8 record. The team finished the 2007 season with a 7–9 record after losing quarterback Jake Delhomme early in the season due to an elbow injury. In 2008 , the Panthers rebounded with a 12–4 regular season record, winning the NFC South and securing a first-round bye . They were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs, losing 33–13 to the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
after Delhomme turned the ball over six times. Delhomme's struggles carried over into the 2009 season , where he threw 18 interceptions in the first 11 games before breaking a finger in his throwing hand. The Panthers were at a 4–7 record before Delhomme's season-ending injury, and his backup, Matt Moore , led the team to a 4–1 finish to the season for an 8–8 overall record. Head coach Ron Rivera

In 2010 , after releasing Delhomme in the offseason, the Panthers finished with a league-worst (2–14); their offense was the worst in the league. John Fox's contract expired after the season ended, and the team did not retain him or his staff.

The team hired Ron Rivera to replace Fox as head coach and drafted Auburn 's Heisman Trophy -winning quarterback Cam Newton
Cam Newton
with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft
2011 NFL Draft
. The Panthers opened the 2011 season 2–6, but finished with a 6–10 record, and Newton was awarded the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award after setting the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns from a quarterback (14) in a single season and becoming the first rookie NFL quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season. He also was the first rookie quarterback to rush for over 500 yards in a single season. In 2012 , the Panthers again opened the season poorly, losing five out of their first six games, leading longtime general manager Marty Hurney to be fired in response. The team slid to a 2–8 record before winning five of their last six games, resulting in a 7–9 record. This strong finish helped save Rivera's job. The Panthers would have a winning season the following year, finishing with a 12–4 record and winning their third NFC South title and another playoff bye, but they were beaten by the 49ers in the Divisional Round. In 2014, the Panthers opened the season with two wins, but after 12 games sat at only 3–8–1 due in part to a seven-game winless streak. A four-game winning streak to end the season secured the team their second consecutive NFC South championship and playoff berth, despite a losing record of 7–8–1. The Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27–16 in the wild card round to advance to the divisional playoffs, where they lost to eventual NFC champion Seattle 31-17. The 2015 season saw the Panthers start the season 14–0 and finish the season 15–1, which tied for the best regular season record in NFC history. The Panthers also secured their third consecutive NFC South championship, as well as their first overall top seeded playoff berth. In the 2015–16 playoffs , the Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional playoffs 31–24, after shutting them out in the first half 31-0 and the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
49–15 (highest score in NFC Championship history) in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
, their first Super Bowl
Super Bowl
appearance since the 2003 season . The Panthers lost a defensive struggle to the AFC Champion Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
24-10.

In the 2016 season , the Panthers regressed on their 15-1 record from 2015, posting a 6-10 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012 , and a last-place finish in the NFC South, losing the division title to the second-seeded Falcons , who went on to represent the NFC in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
LI .

LOGO AND UNIFORMS

LOGO

The shape of the Panthers logo was designed to mimic the outline of both North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina. The Panthers changed their logo and logotype in 2012, the first such change in team history. According to the team, the changes were designed to give their logo an "aggressive, contemporary look" as well to give it a more three-dimensional feel. The primary tweaks were made in the eye and mouth, where the features, particularly the muscular brow and fangs, are more pronounced, creating a more menacing look. The revised logo has a darker shade of blue over the black logo, compared to the old design, which had teal on top of black. Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
logotypes The team's first logomark, used in the 1995 season The team's second logomark, (1996–2011)

UNIFORMS

By the time they had been announced as the 29th NFL team in October 1993, the Panthers' logo and helmet design had already been finalized, but the uniform design was still under creation. After discussion, the Panthers organization decided on jerseys colored white, black, and blue, and pants colored white and silver. The exact tone of blue, which they decided would be "process blue" (a shade lighter than Duke 's and darker than North Carolina
North Carolina
's), was the most difficult color to choose.

The team's uniform has remained largely the same since its creation, with only minor alterations such as changing the sock color of the team's black uniforms from blue to black and changing the team's shoes from white to black. Richardson, a self-described traditionalist, said that no major uniform changes would be made in his lifetime.

The Panthers have three main jersey colors: black, white, and blue. Their blue jerseys, designated their alternate uniforms, are the newest and were introduced in 2002. NFL regulations allow the team to use the blue jersey up to two times in any given season. In all other games, the team must wear either their white or black jerseys; in NFL games, the home team decides whether to wear a dark or white jersey, while the away team wears the opposite. The Panthers typically pair their white jerseys with white pants, while the black and blue jerseys are paired with silver pants; there have only been a few exceptions to these combinations. The first such instance was in 1998, when the team paired their white jerseys with silver pants in a game against the Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
. The second instance was in 2012 during a game against the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
, when they paired their black jerseys with new black pants; this created an all-black uniform, with the exception of blue socks and silver helmets. The decision to wear blue socks was made by team captain Steve Smith , who felt the blue socks gave the uniforms a more distinct appearance compared with other teams that have all-black uniforms. The all-black uniforms won the "Greatest Uniform in NFL History" contest, a fan-voted contest run by NFL.com in July 2013. In July 2013, the team's equipment manager, Jackie Miles, said the Panthers intended to use the all-black uniform more in the future. The Panthers wore the all-black uniform three times the following season, once each in the preseason and regular season, and the third time during the home divisional round playoff game vs the 49ers. During the Panthers' 2015 Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
, they debuted an all-blue uniform as part of Nike's "Color Rush" series.

The team's uniform did not change significantly after Nike became the NFL's jersey supplier in 2012, but the collar was altered to honor former Panthers player and coach Sam Mills by featuring the phrase "Keep Pounding". Nike had conceived the idea, and the team supported the concept as a way to expose newer fans to the legacy of Mills, who died of cancer in 2005. Mills had introduced the phrase, which has since become a team slogan, in a speech that he gave to the players and coaches prior to their 2003 playoff game against Dallas; in the speech, Mills compared his fight against cancer with the team's on-field battle, saying "When I found out I had cancer, there were two things I could do – quit or keep pounding. I'm a fighter. I kept pounding. You're fighters, too. Keep pounding!"

STADIUM AND PRACTICE FACILITIES

An exterior view of Bank of America Stadium
Bank of America Stadium
as seen in 2006. Further information: Bank of America Stadium
Bank of America Stadium

The Panthers played their first season at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina
Clemson, South Carolina
, as their facility in uptown Charlotte was still under construction. Ericsson Stadium, called Bank of America Stadium since 2004, opened in the summer of 1996. Bank of America Stadium is owned entirely by the Panthers, making them one of the few teams in the NFL to own the facility they play in. The stadium was specially designed by HOK Sports Facilities Group for football and also serves as the headquarters and administrative offices of the Panthers. On some days the stadium offers public tours for a fee. Private tours for groups are offered for a fee seven days a week, though there are some exceptions, and such tours must be arranged in advance. Two bronze panther statues flank each of the stadium's three main entrances; they are the largest sculptures ever commissioned in the United States. The names of the team's original PSL owners are engraved on the base of each statue. The two people in the Panthers Hall of Honor, team executive Mike McCormack and linebacker Sam Mills, are honored with life-sized bronze statues outside the stadium. Mills, in addition to being the only player in the Hall of Honor, is the only player to have had his jersey number (#51) retired by the Panthers as of 2016. The team's weight room inside of Bank of America Stadium.

The Panthers have three open-air fields next to Bank of America Stadium where they currently hold their practices; during the 1995 season, when the team played their home games in South Carolina, the team held their practices at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina . Because the practice fields, along with the stadium, are located in uptown Charlotte, the fields are directly visible from skyscrapers as well as from a four-story condominium located across the street. According to Mike Cranston, a running joke said that the Panthers' division rivals had pooled their resources to purchase a room on the building's top floor, and that a fire at the condominium was caused by the Panthers organization. In order to prevent people from seeing inside the field while the team is practicing, the team has added "strategically planted trees and a tarp over the ... fence surrounding the fields". Additionally, they employ a security team to watch for and chase away any people who stop alongside the fence surrounding the field. In the event of bad weather, the team moves their practices to an indoor sports facility about 10 miles from the stadium. The team does not own this facility. The Panthers have hosted their annual training camp at Wofford College
Wofford College
in Spartanburg, South Carolina , since 1995.

CULTURE

The Panthers are supported in both North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina; South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley declared July 30, 2012, "Carolina Panthers Day" in her state, saying that "when it comes to professional teams, the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
are the team that South Carolina calls their own". During the 2016 NFC Championship and Super Bowl, the hashtag #OneCarolina was used by college and professional sports teams from North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina to show unified support for the Panthers.

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com observed that while there is "a bit of a wine-and-cheese atmosphere at Panthers games ... there is a strong core of diehard fans who bring energy to Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte lives and dies with the Panthers because there aren't a lot of other options in the sports world". Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
graded the Panthers as having the 10th highest "NFL Fan Value Experience" in 2007, attributing much of the fan atmosphere to the team's newness when compared to the established basketball fanbase. They also observed that the stadium has scattered parking lots, each of which has a different tailgating style. Some have fried chicken , pork , or Carolina-style barbecue , while others have live bands and televisions. Pickup football games in the parking lots are common, but fans tend to "behave themselves", in part due to blue laws that prevent the sale of alcohol before noon on Sundays.

The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
have sold out all home games since December 2002, and their home attendance has ranked in the NFL's top ten since 2006.

MASCOT, CHEERLEADERS, AND DRUMLINE

Panthers mascot Sir Purr
Sir Purr
, wearing a white jersey

Sir Purr
Sir Purr
, an anthropomorphic black cat who wears a jersey numbered '00', has been the Panthers' mascot since their first season. During games, Sir Purr
Sir Purr
provides sideline entertainment through skits and "silly antics". The mascot participates in a number of community events year-round, including a monthly visit to the patients at Levine Children\'s Hospital . Sir Purr
Sir Purr
also hosts the annual Mascot Bowl, an event which pits pro and college mascots against each other during halftime at a selected Panthers home game.

The team's cheerleaders are the Carolina Topcats , a group of 24 women who lead cheers and entertain fans at home games. The TopCats participate in both corporate and charity events. The team's drumline is PurrCussion, an ensemble of snare, tenor, and bass drummers as well as cymbal players. PurrCussion performs for fans outside the stadium and introduces players prior to home games; it consists of drummers from across the Carolinas.

KEEP POUNDING DRUM

Starting with the 2012 season, the Panthers introduced the Keep Pounding Drum, inspired by the aforementioned motivational speech by Sam Mills before the team's 2004 playoff game against the Cowboys. Prior to each home game, an honorary drummer hits the six-foot tall drum four times to signify the four quarters of an American football game. According to the team, the drummers "come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, but all have overcome a great trial or adversity that has not only made them strong but also pushes them to make others around them stronger". Drummers have included current and former Panthers players, military veterans, Make-A-Wish children, and athletes from other sports, including NBA MVP and Charlotte native Stephen Curry , US women\'s national soccer team players Whitney Engen and Heather O\'Reilly , and 7 time NASCAR
NASCAR
Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson .

SONGS AND TRADITIONS

During the inaugural season of the Panthers, the team had an official fight song , which the team played before each home game. The song, "Stand and Cheer", remains the team's official fight song, but the team does not typically play it before home games. Due to negative fan reaction "Stand and Cheer" was pulled in 1999. Since 2006, the song has returned. In recent seasons the team has played Neil Diamond 's " Sweet Caroline " and Chairmen of the Board 's "I'd Rather Be In Carolina" immediately after home victories. A "keep pounding" chant was introduced during the 2015 season which starts before the opening kickoff of each home game. As prompted by the video boards, one side of the stadium shouts "keep" and the other side replies with "pounding". The chant is similar to ones that take place at college football games.

CHARITY AND COMMUNITY WORK

The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
support a variety of non-profits in North and South Carolina through the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Charities. Four annual scholarships are awarded to student athletes through the Carolina Panthers Graduate Scholarship and the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Players Sam Mills Memorial Scholarship programs. Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Charities also offers grants to non-profits that support education, athletics, and human services in the community. The Panthers and Fisher Athletic has provided six equipment grants to high school football teams in the Carolinas each year since 2010. Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Charities raises funds at three annual benefits: the Countdown to Kickoff Luncheon, the team's first public event each season; Football 101, an educational workshop for fans; and the Weekend Warrior Flag Football Tournament, a two-day non-contact flag football tournament. Another annual benefit is Taste of the Panthers, a gourmet food tasting which raises funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

In 2003 the Panthers and Carolinas HealthCare Foundation established the Keep Pounding Fund, a fundraising initiative to support cancer research and patient support programs. The Panthers community has raised more than $1.4 million for the fund through direct donations, charity auctions, blood drives, and an annual 5k stadium run. The Panthers and Levine Children\'s Hospital coordinate monthly hospital visits and VIP game-day experiences for terminally ill or hospitalized children.

In addition to these team-specific efforts, the Panthers participate in a number of regular initiatives promoted by the NFL and USA Football , the league's youth football development partner. These include USA Football Month, held throughout August to encourage and promote youth football; A Crucial Catch, the league's Breast Cancer Awareness Month program; Salute to Service, held throughout November to support military families and personnel; and PLAY 60, which encourages young NFL fans to be active for at least 60 minutes each day.

RADIO AND TELEVISION

Map shows the radio affiliates of the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
that broadcast game day related coverage across The Carolinas and Virginia , along with one station in Georgia .

Radio coverage is provided by flagship station WBT (1110 AM) and through the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Radio Network, with affiliates throughout the Carolinas, Georgia , and Virginia
Virginia
. The Panthers' radio broadcasting team is led by Mick Mixon , Eugene Robinson , and Jim Szoke. The radio network broadcasts pre-game coverage, games with commentary, and post-game wrap-ups. It also live-broadcasts Panther Talk, a weekly event at Bank of America Stadium
Bank of America Stadium
which offers fans a chance to meet a player and ask questions of the staff.

National broadcasting and cable television networks cover regular season games, as well as some preseason games. Locally, Fox owned and operated station WJZY airs most regular-season games, while any home games against an AFC team air on CBS
CBS
affiliate WBTV
WBTV
. Any appearances on Monday Night Football are simulcast on ABC affiliate WSOC-TV , while any late-season appearances on Thursday Night Football are simulcast on WBTV. Sunday night and some Thursday night games are aired on NBC
NBC
affiliate WCNC-TV .

All preseason games and team specials are televised by the Carolina Panthers Television Network on flagship station WCCB in Charlotte and fourteen affiliate stations throughout the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee
Tennessee
. The television broadcasting team consists of play-by-play commentator Mike Morgan, color analyst and former Panthers player Mike Rucker , and sideline reporter Pete Yanity. The network also hosts The Panthers Huddle, a weekly show focusing on the Panthers' upcoming opponent. Panthers Gameday, the Panthers' postgame show, is hosted by sports anchor Russ Owens and former Panthers lineman Kevin Donnalley on WCNC-TV .

The Panthers also offer game broadcasts in Spanish on an eight-station network fronted by WGSP-FM in Pageland, South Carolina , as well as additional radio affiliates in Mexico. Jaime Moreno provides the play-by-play while his nephew, Luis Moreno Jr., is the color commentator. They have become popular even among English-speaking Panther fans for their high-energy, colorful announcing style.

RIVALRIES

Main articles: Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry and Falcons–Panthers rivalry

The Panthers have developed heated rivalries with the three fellow members of the NFC South (the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints). The team's fiercest rivals are the Falcons and Buccaneers.

The Falcons are a natural geographic rival for the Panthers, as Atlanta is only 230 miles (370 kilometers) south on I-85 . The two teams have played each other twice a year since the Panthers' inception, and games between the two teams feature large contingents of Panthers fans at Atlanta's Georgia Dome .

The Panthers' rivalry with Tampa Bay has been described as the most intense in the NFC South. The rivalry originated in 2002 with the formation of the NFC South, but became particularly heated before the 2003 season with verbal bouts between players on the two teams. It escalated further when the Panthers went to Tampa Bay and beat them in what ESPN.com writer Pat Yasinskas described as "one of the most physical contests in recent memory". The rivalry has resulted in a number of severe injuries for players on both teams, some of which were caused by foul play. One of these plays, an illegal hit on Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith , sparked a brief melee between the teams in 2009.

During their time in the NFC West, the Panthers began developing a rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers. This rivalry faded after the NFL moved the Panthers out of the NFC West.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Main article: Panthers–Seahawks rivalry

A relatively new rivalry, this one dates to the 2005 NFC Championship Game , in which the Seahawks won the game 31-14. The rivalry started up again in 2012, when the Panthers lost a close regular season home game to a Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
team led by rookie QB Russell Wilson , 16-12. In the 2013 season, the Panthers opened the season at home versus Seattle. They again lost a close game, with the final score 12-7. The Seahawks would go on to win Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLVIII . In the 2014 season, once more at Bank of America Stadium, the Seahawks defeated the Panthers in week eight, 13-9. In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Panthers faced Seattle in Seattle, notorious for being a tough opposing field to play in, and lost 31-17. The Seahawks would go on to lose Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIX . In the 2015 season the next year, the teams faced off in Seattle, where the Panthers won another close game, 27-23. In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Panthers faced Seattle at Bank of America stadium, where they had yet to beat a Russell Wilson led Seahawks team. By halftime they led 31-0, but the Seahawks rebounded and scored 24 unanswered points before the Panthers were able to seal the victory, 31-24. The Panthers would go on to lose Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
. In the 2016 season, the teams met in Seattle, where the Panthers were beaten 40-7. Since the 2012 season, Carolina is 2–5 overall against Seattle and 1–1 in the playoffs . The rivalry aspect stems from how close the majority of the matches have been and the fact that they have played each other seven times over the last five seasons—at least once a year. Unless they meet in the playoffs, the teams will not face each other during the 2017 season.

PLAYERS

Further information: List of Carolina Panthers players , List of Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
starting quarterbacks , List of Carolina Panthers first-round draft picks , and List of Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Pro Bowl selections

CURRENT ROSTER

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
roster

* view * talk * edit

QUARTERBACKS

* 3 Derek Anderson * 4 Garrett Gilbert * 1 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
* 14 Joe Webb WR/KR

RUNNING BACKS

* 40 Alexander Armah FB * 34 Cameron Artis-Payne * 22 Christian McCaffrey * 38 Jalen Simmons * 28 Jonathan Stewart * 43 Fozzy Whittaker * 36 Darrel Young
Darrel Young
FB

WIDE RECEIVERS

* 13 Kelvin Benjamin * 11 Brenton Bersin * 18 Damiere Byrd * 83 Kaelin Clay
Kaelin Clay
* 16 Austin Duke * 81 Mose Frazier * 17 Devin Funchess * 15 Keyarris Garrett * 87 T. J. Graham * 2 Fred Ross * 10 Curtis Samuel * 19 Russell Shepard

TIGHT ENDS

* 84 Ed Dickson * 82 Chris Manhertz * 88 Greg Olsen * 80 Scott Simonson * 46 Eric Wallace * 85 Bryce Williams

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

* 76 Blaine Clausell T * 71 Dan France T * 66 Gino Gradkowski C * 75 Matt Kalil
Matt Kalil
T * 67 Ryan Kalil C * 69 Tyler Larsen C * 72 Taylor Moton T * 68 Andrew Norwell G * 79 Chris Scott G * 65 Amini Silatolu G * 78 Tyrus Thompson T * 70 Trai Turner G * 73 Greg Van Roten C * 60 Daryl Williams T * 61 David Yankey G

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

* 97 Mario Addison DE * 92 Vernon Butler DT * 64 Bryan Cox Jr. DE * 72 Eric Crume DT * 74 Daeshon Hall DE * 96 Wes Horton DE * 91 Drew Iddings DT * 95 Charles Johnson DE * 63 Toby Johnson DT * 98 Star Lotulelei DT * 93 Kyle Love DT * 62 Gabriel Mass DT * 76 Arthur Miley DE * 77 Zach Moore DE * 90 Julius Peppers
Julius Peppers
DE * 99 Kawann Short DT * 94 Larry Webster III DE

LINEBACKERS

* 56 Zeek Bigger LB * 50 Ben Boulware OLB * 57 Jeremy Cash OLB * 58 Thomas Davis OLB * 53 Ben Jacobs MLB * 59 Luke Kuechly MLB * 55 David Mayo MLB * 52 Jared Norris OLB * 54 Shaq Thompson OLB

DEFENSIVE BACKS

* 27 Mike Adams SS * 24 James Bradberry CB * 20 Kurt Coleman FS * 35 Corn Elder CB * 33 Devonte Johnson CB * 42 Colin Jones FS * 32 Cole Luke CB * 23 L. J. McCray FS * 41 Captain Munnerlyn CB * 25 Damian Parms SS * 39 Jeff Richards CB * 31 Zack Sanchez CB * 37 Dezmen Southward SS * 21 Teddy Williams CB * 26 Daryl Worley CB

SPECIAL TEAMS

* 7 Harrison Butker K * 9 Graham Gano K * 44 J. J. Jansen LS * 8 Andy Lee P * 5 Michael Palardy P

RESERVE LISTS

* 12 Charles Johnson WR (IR) * 29 Dean Marlowe SS (IR)

Rookies in italics

Roster updated August 9, 2017 Depth chart • Transactions 90 Active, 2 Inactive, 1 Practice squad → AFC rosters → NFC rosters

AFC East
AFC East
BUF MIA NE NYJ North BAL CIN CLE PIT South HOU IND JAX TEN West DEN KC LAC OAK NFC East DAL NYG PHI WAS North CHI DET GB MIN South ATL CAR NO TB West ARI LAR SF SEA

HALL OF HONOR

The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Hall of Honor was established in 1997 to honor individuals for their contributions to the Carolina Panthers organization. Each inductee is honored with a life-sized bronze statue outside of Bank of America Stadium's North Entrance, while the names of each original PSL owner are written on the black granite base at each of the six panther statues. A rule added in the mid-2000s by the Panthers organization requires all potential inductees to be retired for at least five years before they are eligible for induction.

CAROLINA PANTHERS HALL OF HONOR

NO. PLAYER POSITION SEASONS INDUCTED

— Mike McCormack President/General Manager 1993–1997 September 21, 1997

51 Sam Mills LB 1995–1997 September 27, 1998

— PSL Owners 1995–present September 13, 2004

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEES

Nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame , which "honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to professional football", are determined by a 46-member selection committee. At least 80% of voters must approve the nominee for him to be inducted.

CAROLINA PANTHERS PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS

NO. PLAYER POSITION SEASONS INDUCTED

92 Reggie White DE /T 2000 2006

Bill Polian GM 1995–1997 2015

91 Kevin Greene
Kevin Greene
LB /DE 1996 1998–1999 2016

OWNERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION

Jerry Richardson is the owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers. Richardson and his family own about 48% of the team, with the remaining 52% owned by a group of 14 limited partners. Richardson paid $206 million for the rights to start the team in 1993; according to Forbes
Forbes
, the Panthers are worth approximately $1 billion as of 2012. They ranked the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
as the 16th-most valuable NFL team and the 23rd most valuable sports team in the world.

Mike McCormack, a Hall of Fame lineman for the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
and former coach and executive for the Seattle Seahawks, was the Panthers' first team president, presiding in that role from 1994 until his retirement in 1997; McCormack was inducted as the first person in the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Hall of Honor later that year. Jerry Richardson's son, Mark, was appointed as the team's second president in 1997 and served in that role until he stepped down in 2009. His brother Jon, who had been president of Bank of America Stadium, stepped down at the same time. The resignations of Mark and Jon Richardson were unexpected, as it was thought that the two would eventually take over the team from their father. Mark Richardson was replaced by Danny Morrison , who had previously served as the athletic director of both Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University
and Wofford College
Wofford College
, Richardson's alma mater.

COACHES

The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
have had four head coaches. Dom Capers was the head coach from 1995 to 1998 and led the team to one playoff appearance. Counting playoff games, he finished with a record of 31–35 (.470). George Seifert coached the team from 1999 to 2001, recording 16 wins and 32 losses (.333); he is the only head coach in team history not to have led the team to a playoff appearance. John Fox, the team's longest-tenured head coach, led the team from 2002 to 2010 and coached the team to three playoff appearances including Super Bowl XXXVIII which the Panthers lost. Including playoff games, Fox ended his tenure with a 78–74 (.513) record, making him the only Panthers coach to finish his tenure with the team with a winning record. Ron Rivera, the team's current head coach, has held the position since 2011 and has led the team to three playoff appearances including Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
which the Panthers also lost. Counting playoff games, he has a career record of 50–35–1 (.587). Statistically, Rivera has the highest winning percentage of any Panthers head coach.

NAME TERM TOTALS REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS REF

G W L T PCT G W L T PCT G W L PCT

DOM CAPERS 1995 –1998 66 31 35 0 .470 64 30 34 0 .469 2 1 1 .500

GEORGE SEIFERT 1999 –2001 48 16 32 0 .333 48 16 32 0 .333 0 — — –

JOHN FOX 2002 –2010 152 78 74 0 .513 144 73 71 0 .507 8 5 3 .625

RON RIVERA 2011 –present 86 50 35 1 .587 80 47 32 1 .594 6 3 3 .500

CURRENT STAFF

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
staff

* v * t * e

Front Office

* Owner/Founder – Jerry Richardson * President – Vacant * General Manager Marty Hurney (Interim) * Senior Executive Scout – Don Gregory * Director of Player Personnel – Mark Koncz * Director of Team Administration - Rob Rogers * Director of Pro Scouting – Matt Allen * Director of College Scouting - Jeff Morrow * National Scout - Mike Szabo

Head Coaches

* Head Coach – Ron Rivera * Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator – Steve Wilks

Offensive Coaches

* Offensive Coordinator – Mike Shula * Quarterbacks – Ken Dorsey * Assistant Quarterbacks - Cam Turner * Running Backs – Jim Skipper * Wide Receivers – Lance Taylor * Assistant Wide Receivers – Jerricho Cotchery * Running Game Coordinator – John Matsko * Offensive Line – Ray Brown * Tight Ends – Pete Hoener

Defensive Coaches

* Defensive Line – Eric Washington * Assistant Defensive Line – Sam Mills III * Linebackers – Al Holcomb * Defensive Backs – Curtis Fuller * Assistant Defensive Backs/Nickels – Jeff Imamura * Assistant Defensive Backs/Safeties – Richard Rodgers

Special
Special
Teams Coaches

* Special
Special
Teams Coordinator – Thomas McGaughey * Assistant Special
Special
Teams - Chase Blackburn
Chase Blackburn

Strength and Conditioning

* Strength and Conditioning – Joe Kenn * Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jason Benguche

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AFC East
AFC East
BUF MIA NE NYJ North BAL CIN CLE PIT South HOU IND JAX TEN West DEN KC LAC OAK NFC East DAL NYG PHI WAS North CHI DET GB MIN South ATL CAR NO TB West ARI LAR SF SEA

TEAM RECORDS

Further information: List of Carolina Panthers seasons John Kasay , a fan favorite, holds the team's career points record

Since they began playing football in 1995, the Panthers have been to four NFC Championship Games; they lost two (1996 and 2005) and won two (2003 and 2015). The Panthers have won six division championships: the NFC West championship in 1996 and the NFC South championship in 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2015. They are the first and only team to win the NFC South back to back and have won the NFC South more times than any other team in the division. They have finished as runners-up in their division six times, finishing second-place in the NFC West in 1997 and 1999 and finishing second-place in the NFC South in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012. They have qualified for the playoffs 7 times, most recently in 2015.

Kicker John Kasay
John Kasay
is the team's career points leader. Kasay scored 1,482 points during his 16 seasons (1995–2010) with the Panthers. Quarterback
Quarterback
Cam Newton
Cam Newton
, who has played for the Panthers since 2011, is the career passing leader, having thrown for 20,257 yards over his six seasons with the team. Running back
Running back
DeAngelo Williams is the career rushing leader for the Carolina Panthers. Williams, during his tenure with the team (2006–2014), rushed for 6,846 yards with the Panthers. Wide receiver Steve Smith, the team's leading receiver, recorded 12,197 receiving yards during his 13-year (2001–2013) tenure with the team.

CAROLINA PANTHERS ALL-TIME RECORD

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS TOTAL

RECORD 166–169–1 9–7 175–176–1

PERCENTAGE .496 .563 .499

FRANCHISE RECORDS

PASSING

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS ROOKIE

CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME SEASON GAME

Completions 1,710 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
343 Steve Beuerlein 1999 34 Chris Weinke 2006-12-10 NYG 130 Jake Delhomme 59 Jake Delhomme 2003 24 Jake Delhomme 2006-01-15 @CHI 310 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 36 Chris Weinke 2001-12-30 ARI

Pass Attempts 2,928 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
571 Steve Beuerlein 1999 61 Chris Weinke 2006-12-10 NYG 226 Jake Delhomme 102 Jake Delhomme 2003 41 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2016-02-07 NDEN 540 Chris Weinke 2001 63 Chris Weinke 2001-12-30 ARI

Passing Yards 21,772 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
4,436 Steve Beuerlein 1999 432 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-09-18 GNB 1,847 Jake Delhomme 987 Jake Delhomme 2003 335 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2016-01-24 ARI 4,051 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 432 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-09-18 GNB

Passing TDs 136 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
36 Steve Beuerlein 1999 5 Steve Beuerlein 2000-01-02 NOR Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2015-11-22 WAS 2015-12-06 @NOR 2015-12-20 @NYG 12 Jake Delhomme 6 Jake Delhomme 2003 3 Jake Delhomme 2004-02-01 NNWE 2006-01-15 @CHI 21 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 3 Kerry Collins 1995-11-26 @NOR Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-10-30 MIN 2011-12-24 TAM

Intercepted 89 Jake Delhomme 21 Kerry Collins 1997 4 (10 times) 10 Jake Delhomme 5 Jake Delhomme 2008 5 Jake Delhomme 2009-01-10 ARI 19 Kerry Collins 1995 Chris Weinke 2001 4 Kerry Collins 1995-11-12 @STL 1995-11-26 @NOR Chris Weinke 2001-10-21 @WAS Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-11-20 @DET

Passer Rating 87.7 Steve Beuerlein 99.4 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2015 153.3 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2015-12-13 ATL 83.9 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
106.1 Jake Delhomme 2003 120.6 Jake Delhomme 2006-01-15 @CHI 84.5 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 142.4 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-12-24 TAM

Sacked 221 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
62 Steve Beuerlein 2000 9 Frank Reich 1995-09-03 @ATL Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2014-11-10 @PHI 16 Jake Delhomme Cam Newton
Cam Newton
8 Jake Delhomme 2003 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2015 6 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2016-02-07 NDEN 35 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 8 Chris Weinke 2001-12-02 @NOR

Yds/Pass Att 7.44 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
7.98 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2012 12.65 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2012-09-16 NOR 8.17 Jake Delhomme 10.68 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2013 11.96 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2016-01-24 ARI 7.84 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 11.41 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-09-11 @ARI

Pass Yds/Game 234.1 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
277.3 Steve Beuerlein 1999 - 245.3 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
267 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2013 - 253.2 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 -

RUSHING

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS ROOKIE

CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME SEASON GAME

Rush Attempts 1,501 Jonathan Stewart 318 Stephen Davis 2003 36 Nick Goings 2004-12-05 @NOR 90 Jonathan Stewart 64 Stephen Davis 2003 27 DeShaun Foster 2006-01-08 @NYG 184 Jonathan Stewart 2008 34 Fred Lane 1997-12-08 @DAL

Rush Yards 6,846 DeAngelo Williams 1,515 DeAngelo Williams 2008 210 DeAngelo Williams 2012-12-30 @NOR 423 Jonathan Stewart 315 Stephen Davis 2003 151 DeShaun Foster 2006-01-08 @NYG 836 Jonathan Stewart 2008 147 Fred Lane 1997-11-02 OAK

Rush Yds/Att 5.18 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
5.83 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2012 10 DeAngelo Williams 2012-12-30 @NOR 4.92 Stephen Davis 5.22 Jonathan Stewart 2014 5.59 DeShaun Foster 2006-01-08 @NYG 5.6 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 8.67 Jonathan Stewart 2008-11-16 DET

Rushing TDs 48 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
18 DeAngelo Williams 2008 4 DeAngelo Williams 2008-12-21 @NYG 5 Jonathan Stewart 3 Jonathan Stewart 2015 2 Jonathan Stewart 2016-01-17 SEA 14 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 3 Fred Lane 1997-11-02 OAK Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-12-04 @TAM

Rush Yds/Game 71.9 Stephen Davis 103.1 Stephen Davis 2003 - 78.8 Stephen Davis 102.5 DeShaun Foster 2005 - 62.2 Fred Lane 1997 -

RECEIVING

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS ROOKIE

CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME SEASON GAME

Receptions 836 Steve Smith 103 Steve Smith 2005 14 Steve Smith 2005-11-20 @CHI 51 Steve Smith 27 Steve Smith 2005 12 Steve Smith 2006-01-15 @CHI 73 Kelvin Benjamin 2014 9 Kelvin Benjamin 2014-11-16 ATL

Receiving Yds 12,197 Steve Smith 1,563 Steve Smith 2005 201 Steve Smith 2005-10-30 MIN 856 Steve Smith 404 Steve Smith 2003 218 Steve Smith 2006-01-15 @CHI 1,008 Kelvin Benjamin 2014 125 David Gettis 2010-10-24 SFO

Yds/Rec 14.59 Steve Smith 18.77 Willie Green 1995 36.75 Willie Green 1995-12-17 ATL 20.35 Muhsin Muhammad 32.75 Drew Carter 2005 35 Muhsin Muhammad 2004-02-01 NNWE 16.28 Muhsin Muhammad 1996 28.75 Keary Colbert 2004-10-10 @DEN

Receiving TDs 67 Steve Smith 16 Muhsin Muhammad 2004 3 Muhsin Muhammad 1999-12-18 SFO 2004-11-14 @SFO Steve Smith 2005-09-25 @MIA 2007-09-16 HOU 8 Steve Smith 3 Steve Smith 2003 Steve Smith 2005 2 Steve Smith 2006-01-15 @CHI Kelvin Benjamin 2015-01-10 @SEA 9 Kelvin Benjamin 2014 2 David Gettis 2010-10-24 SFO Kelvin Benjamin 2015-01-10 @SEA

Rec Yds/Game 67 Steve Smith 101.5 Steve Smith 2008 - 95.1 Steve Smith 111.7 Steve Smith 2005 - 63 Kelvin Benjamin 2014 -

OTHER

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS ROOKIE

CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME SEASON GAME

Total TDs 75 Steve Smith 20 DeAngelo Williams 2008 4 DeAngelo Williams 2008-11-30 @GNB 2008-12-21 @NYG 10 Steve Smith 5 Steve Smith 2005 2 Steve Smith 2006-01-08 @NYG 2006-01-15 @CHI Kelvin Benjamin 2015-01-10 @SEA Jonathan Stewart 2016-01-17 SEA Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2016-01-24 ARI 14 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011 3 Fred Lane 1997-11-02 OAK Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011-12-04 @TAM

Yds from Scrimmage 12,584 Steve Smith 1,636 DeAngelo Williams 2008 213 DeAngelo Williams 2012-12-30 @NOR 901 Steve Smith 411 Steve Smith 2003 244 Steve Smith 2006-01-15 @CHI 1,008 Kelvin Benjamin 2014 175 DeAngelo Williams 2006-12-04 @PHI

All Purpose Yds 16,614 Steve Smith 1,994 Steve Smith 2001 313 Steve Smith 2002-12-08 CIN 1,015 Steve Smith 467 Steve Smith 2003 243 Steve Smith 2006-01-15 @CHI 1,994 Steve Smith 2001 269 Steve Smith 2001-11-11 @STL

Returning

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS

STATISTIC CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME

Kick Returns 233 Michael Bates 59 Michael Bates 1998 9 Michael Bates 1998-10-04 @ATL 16 Rod Smart 12 Rod Smart 2003 5 Michael Bates 1997-01-05 DAL Rod Smart 2004-01-10 @STL Mark Jones 2009-01-10 ARI

Kick Ret Yds 5,987 Michael Bates 1,480 Michael Bates 1998 252 Steve Smith 2001-11-11 @STL 359 Rod Smart 285 Rod Smart 2003 155 Michael Bates 1997-01-05 DAL

Yds/KR 25.7 Michael Bates 30.24 Michael Bates 1996 46.67 Rod Smart 2003-10-05 NOR Kealoha Pilares
Kealoha Pilares
2011-11-20 @DET 30.2 Mark Jones 30.2 Mark Jones 2008 31 Michael Bates 1997-01-05 DAL

Kick Ret TDs 5 Michael Bates 2 Michael Bates 1999 Steve Smith 2001 1 (7 times) 0

Punt Returns 178 Steve Smith 55 Steve Smith 2002 9 Steve Smith 2002-09-15 DET 8 Ted Ginn Jr. 6 Ted Ginn Jr. 2015 3 Steve Smith 2004-01-03 DAL Ted Ginn Jr. 2016-02-07 NDEN

Punt Ret Yds 1,652 Steve Smith 598 Winslow Oliver 1996 153 Steve Smith 2002-12-08 CIN 73 Steve Smith 58 Steve Smith 2005 59 Steve Smith 2006-01-22 @SEA

Yds/PR 11.36 Mark Jones 17.3 Iheanyi Uwaezuoke 2000 51 Steve Smith 2002-12-08 CIN 10.43 Steve Smith 6.67 Ted Ginn Jr. 2015 4.33 Steve Smith 2004-01-03 DAL

Punt Ret TDs 4 Steve Smith 2 Steve Smith 2002 2 Steve Smith 2002-12-08 CIN 1 Steve Smith 2006-01-22 @SEA

Total Return Yds 4,023 Steve Smith 1,795 Steve Smith 2001 206 Steve Smith 2001-10-14 NOR 359 Rod Smart 285 Rod Smart 2003 160 Mark Jones 2009-01-10 ARI

Kicking

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS

STATISTIC CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME

Extra Points 429 John Kasay
John Kasay
56 Graham Gano 2015 5 Richie Cunningham 1999-12-18 SFO John Kasay
John Kasay
2006-01-01 @ATL Graham Gano 2012-12-30 @NOR 2014-12-07 @NOR 2015-11-22 WAS 18 John Kasay
John Kasay
10 Graham Gano 2015 5 Graham Gano 2016-01-24 ARI

Field Goals 351 John Kasay
John Kasay
37 John Kasay
John Kasay
1996 6 John Kasay
John Kasay
2004-12-05 @NOR 21 John Kasay
John Kasay
9 John Kasay
John Kasay
2003 5 John Kasay
John Kasay
2004-01-03 DAL

Punts 570 Jason Baker 104 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2002 11 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2002-12-22 CHI 25 Brad Nortman 21 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2003 7 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2004-01-18 @PHI 2004-02-01 NNWE Jason Baker 2006-01-22 @SEA Brad Nortman 2016-02-07 NDEN

Punt Yards 25,064 Jason Baker 4,735 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2002 451 Brad Nortman 2012-11-11 DEN 1,012 Brad Nortman 910 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2003 315 Brad Nortman 2016-02-07 NDEN

Yards / Punt 45.54 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
47.77 Brad Nortman 2013 56.71 Brad Nortman 2013-11-24 @MIA 43.33 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
43.33 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2003 48.4 Todd Sauerbrun
Todd Sauerbrun
2004-01-03 DAL

Defense

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS

STATISTIC CAREER SEASON GAME CAREER SEASON GAME

Interceptions 27 Chris Gamble 8 Doug Evans 2001 2 (12 times) 4 Ricky Manning 4 Ricky Manning 2003 3 Ricky Manning 2004-01-18 @PHI

Int Ret Yds 421 Mike Minter 157 Chris Gamble 2005 101 Chris Gamble 2005-11-06 @TAM 49 Chad Cota and Pat Terrell both 1997-01-05 DAL

Int Ret TDs 5 Captain Munnerlyn 2 Eric Davis 1998 Mike Minter 2003 Captain Munnerlyn 2012, 2013 Josh Norman 2015 1 (27 times) 2 Luke Kuechly 2 Luke Kuechly 2015 1 Luke Kuechly 2016-01-17 SEA 2016-01-24 ARI

Sacks (since 1982) 81 Julius Peppers
Julius Peppers
15 Kevin Greene
Kevin Greene
1998 Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy
2013 4 Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy
2013-12-29 @ATL 5 Charles Johnson 3 Kony Ealy 2015 Charles Johnson 2015 3 Kony Ealy 2016-02-07 NDEN

EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCES

CAREER SEASON PLAYOFFS ROOKIE

300+ yard passing games 15 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
5 Steve Beuerlein 1999 2 Jake Delhomme 3 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011

100+ yard rushing games 18 DeAngelo Williams 8 Stephen Davis 2003 DeAngelo Williams 2008 2 Jonathan Stewart 4 Fred Lane 1997

100+ yard receiving games 46 Steve Smith 10 Steve Smith 2005 3 Steve Smith 3 Kelvin Benjamin 2014

Games with 1+ TD scored 71 Steve Smith 12 Steve Smith 2005 8 Steve Smith 10 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011

Games with 2+ TD scored 11 Steve Smith DeAngelo Williams 5 Muhsin Muhammad 2004 Steve Smith 2005 DeAngelo Williams 2008 2 Steve Smith 3 Cam Newton
Cam Newton
2011

Games with 3+ TD scored 3 Steve Smith DeAngelo Williams 3 DeAngelo Williams 2008 0 1 Fred Lane Cam Newton
Cam Newton

Most Seasons With...

4000+ passing yards 1 Steve Beuerlein Cam Newton
Cam Newton

1000+ rushing yards 2 DeAngelo Williams

1000+ receiving yards 7 Steve Smith

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