5 greatest moments in Carolina Panthers history ahead of 2021 season

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) Steve Smith and Jake Delhomme
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As the Carolina Panthers gear up for their 27th NFL season, we count down the five greatest moments in franchise history.

The Carolina Panthers have seen lots of change since team founder and former owner Jerry Richardson brought the team to Charlotte in 1995. The city skyline has grown, a stadium was built, the logo has been revised and two Super-Bowl appearances later, hundreds of coaches and players have been a part of the organization.

Since the Panthers joined the league more than a quarter-decade ago, they have drafted several future Hall-of-Famers, “dabbed” their way into the hearts of football fans across the country, and at one point even signed a young man from London who became a fan-favorite not just in Charlotte and the Carolinas, but around the world as well.

In 2015 Cam Newton became the first player to win an MVP award for the team. In 1996 Kerry Collins, Wesley Walls, and Sam Mills led the Panthers to their first-ever playoff appearance in just their second season.

Then in 2003 Carolina became one of the quickest teams since a franchise’s inception to reach the Super Bowl when Jake Delhomme led the Panthers all the way to the big game in his first season as a starter and the organization’s ninth in the league.

Carolina Panthers have enjoyed plenty of memorable moments.

In the 26 seasons prior to the 2021 campaign, the team has experienced countless memorable moments. Many of them are thrilling victories or insane highlight-reel plays.

Others are not quite as euphoric and still sting even today.

Certainly, the happier, more exciting ones are the ones worth reminiscing on, and with the new season just around the corner, what better time to look back on some of the franchise’s most memorable moments thus far?

With that being said, here are the five greatest and best moments and plays in Carolina Panthers franchise history.