Carolina Panthers Hall of honor class is star-studded
There are some big names in the 2019 class for the Carolina Panthers.
Monday, the Carolina Panthers announced the 2019 class for their Hall of Honor. The induction list is very impressive. Some of the biggest names in Carolina Panthers history will be inducted into the Hall of Honor.
Steve Smith Sr., Jake Delhomme, Jordan Gross, and Wesley Walls are all set to be inducted in what is a star-studded class. All four were a huge part of the Panthers early formative years. Smith was known for his trash talk on the football field. He was one of the few that could back up his trash talk with production. Look no further than his five Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections.
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Delhomme was a player who led the Panthers to success in the early 2000’s. As the quarterback, the spotlight was on him a lot. He handled it well. Making a Pro Bowl in the 2005 season, he took the Carolina Panthers to the playoffs three times.
Jordan Gross was a part of those teams, finding a home on the offensive line from 2003-2013. As the eighth overall pick in the 2003 draft, there was undoubtedly a lot of pressure on him. Especially as an offensive lineman, he needed to contribute and succeed right away. He did that, making three Pro Bowls and earning First-Team All-Pro honors in 2008. He is someone the Carolina Panthers could have used on the line last year.
Last but certainly not least, Walls was a stud at the tight end position. Maning the position from 1996-2002, he would go to five Pro Bowls and four All-Pro honors. He would end his Carolina Panthers career with 324 passes for 3902 yards and 44 touchdowns. His best season came in 1999. That year, he caught 63 passes for 822 yards and 12 touchdowns. He certainly set at a high bar for himself heading into the millennium.
This is a great class. These are all players who were crucial to the Panthers early success. Who knows what the Carolina Panthers organization would look like without their contributions. Although you may see a little positional bias as all of these players are on the offensive side of the football, they all certainly deserve to be recognized. Some of those earlier years were the best years. I’m sure at the mention of those names, I have brought back good memories. Those were some fun times, and I have a feeling more fun times will be on the way.