5 ex-Panthers – living or deceased – we’d love to see play one more time

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Reggie White, Carolina Panthers
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Scouting Report. DL. CAROLINA PANTHERS. 87. Pick Analysis. REGGIEWHITE. 3. player

Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Reggie White (DL)

It’s easy to forget that legendary defensive lineman Reggie White once played for the Carolina Panthers. And imagining the player in his prime making one more appearance for the organization is nothing short of mouth-watering.

White ended a brief retirement by returning to the NFL and putting on a Panthers’ uniform in 2000. Although he was well past the peak of his powers, the player still managed 5.5 sacks, 15 solo tackles, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection before eventually hanging up his cleats for good.

This was the culmination of a phenomenal career that eventually ended with White getting the easiest of selections to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was named first-team All-Pro on no fewer than eight occasions, earned 13 Pro Bowl selections, won the AP Defensive Player of the Year twice – 11 years apart – in addition to securing one Super Bowl ring.

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The former No. 4 overall pick in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft was a ferocious presence on the line of scrimmage. Few opposing offensive linemen ever got the better of him. And his time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers was as dominant a run as any player has ever had.

White finished his glittering career with some eye-popping stats. This included 198 sacks, 1,111 combined tackles, 33 forced fumbles, and three interceptions. He sadly lost his life in 2004. But his legacy will live on forever.