Carolina Panthers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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In the Carolina Panthers’ 24 years as a franchise, there have been some tremendously talented players to don the blue and black. These 30 are the greatest of all-time — at least in my opinion.

One of the newest NFL franchises on the block, the Carolina Panthers have enjoyed plenty of success during their first 24 years in the league. Between two Super Bowl appearances and plenty of postseason trips, it’s been a pleasant first quarter of a century for this club.

A big part of that success has been a result of excellent personnel decisions by the front office. Whether through the draft or free agency, some outstanding talent has called Bank of America Stadium home over the years. Today though, we’re going to try to whittle that list of top performers down to the 30 greatest Panthers of all-time.

For this exercise, I took a look at a very long list of Carolina’s best and brightest over the years, picking my way through over two decades of names, stats and accolades to come to my final rankings. It was a long process, but one that I believe yielded the desired results. I’m sure opinions will differ, but these 30 players seem to be among the best to ever call themselves Panthers.

Instead of talking about the selection process though, I think it’s time we get to the reason you’re actually here.

So without further ado, let’s jump right in to the 30 greatest Panthers players of all-time. Fans both young and old may recognize most of these names,  but it should be a valuable refresher for all Carolina fans regardless of age. If you don’t agree with the rankings, feel free to leave a comment and tell me where I went wrong.