4 Carolina Panthers numbers that nobody should ever wear again

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Which numbers should nobody ever wear for the Carolina Panthers again, even though they have yet to be retired by the organization? 

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for everyone associated with the Carolina Panthers since the organization was formed almost 30 years ago. A phenomenal start almost brought a fairytale Super Bowl, with the 2015 campaign another that will live long in the memory of those fortunate enough to experience it.

With that being said, the Panthers have yet to put together consecutive winning seasons. Something that is a reflection of how turbulent things have been at times.

Carolin’s recent run of form is not exactly stellar. Since David Tepper bought the franchise from Jerry Richardson there has been little to get excited about, with three straight five-win seasons leaving things hanging in the balance heading into a pivotal 2022 campaign.

The Panthers have only officially retired one number.

Sam Mills.

The linebacker turned coach was an inspirational figure right up until his untimely passing. But his efforts on the field and motivation off it were finally rewarded with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Keep Pounding mantra is a testament to Mills’ legacy and how it will live through the ages. And his statue outside Bank of America Stadium is a constant reminder of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity.

Without further ado, here are four numbers that should never be worn again by Panthers players, even though they have not yet been officially retired.