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Nick Goings – Former Carolina Panthers RB

Nick Goings began college at Ohio State University, where he spent just one season. He then transferred to Pittsburgh where he played most of his college football.

After his time at Pittsburgh came to an end, the running back had accumulated 1,185 total yards with eight combined touchdowns. Producing some memorable highlights along the way for NFL scouts to analyze.

Unfortunately, Goings went undrafted in 2001 but quickly penned a deal with the Carolina Panthers, which was a tremendous landing spot for the player.

In his first two seasons, Goings saw a decent amount of snaps in a rotational role and he also played on special teams. He had close to 200 rushing yards in both of his first two years.

Goings would contribute to an extremely talented backfield that also consisted of Stephen Davis, and DeShaun Foster, which quickly became an area of real strength for Carolina.

The powerful rushing attack helped lead the Panthers to Super Bowl 38 (XXXVIII). Injuries to Davis and Foster resulted in Goings becoming the No. 1 the following season and he made the most of it, racking up 821 rushing yards and 394 receiving yards while scoring seven total touchdowns.

This ended up being the best campaign of his career statistically by a considerable margin.

Goings was not only a serviceable running back for the Panthers in the 2000s, but he was also a very reliable player on special teams, even acquiring the role of captain in this area of the field before his eventual release in 2009.