Ranking the 8 most influential Carolina Panthers in franchise history

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Steve Smith
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Who are the most influential Carolina Panthers throughout a rollercoaster time in the league so far that’s spanned almost three decades? 

There have been many figures who’ve come and gone through the Carolina Panthers since their inception. Some left their mark more than others, but each played a part in an up and down start to life in the NFL that’s seen remarkable highs and torrid lows along the way.

The Panthers are still awaiting their first Super Bowl despite some near misses. Judging by how things are currently transpiring within the organization, this target might be some way off yet despite some encouraging signs this offseason.

Fans just want to be inspired. And in all honesty, nobody wants to keep looking back at nostalgia within a league that is win-now at all costs almost across the board.

Without further ado, we took a look and ranked the eight most influential Panthers in franchise history.

Number 8

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Jake Delhomme – Former Carolina Panthers QB

It’s easy to forget just what a fantastic contribution Jake Delhomme made to the Carolina Panthers as they began carving out a name for themselves in the NFL. The quarterback came into the organization with relatively low expectations but managed to pull everyone together and produce some of the finest moments in franchise history along the way.

Delhomme still holds the record for the Super Bowl’s longest-ever touchdown pass and there is also the iconic X-clown play to defeat the St. Louis Rams in overtime that will live through the ages.

The former Louisiana standout played seven years in Carolina and finished with a 53-37 record. What the current Panthers would give for quarterback stability like that right now.