Ranking the 5 most intimidating Panthers players in franchise history

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Kevin Greene – Former Carolina Panthers DE/LB

  • 1996, 1998-99

Just like Reggie White, Kevin Greene didn’t spend much time with the Carolina Panthers, only playing three years with the team during two different stints towards the end of his legendary career. But he certainly made his mark in a short space of time.

It’s crazy to think that in just a two-year span, Carolina had both Greene and White on its team. Even though they didn’t play together.

Greene ranks third all-time in sacks and was one of the most dominating players throughout his 14-year NFL career.

The majority of Greene’s time in the league took place while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he earned the nickname “The Mean Machine”. The former Auburn sensation signed with Carolina in 1996 and instantly made his mark with phenomenal production.

He led the league in sacks, was named a first-team All-Pro, and was awarded the NEA Defensive Player of the Year. After a year away, Greene returned to the Panthers for his final two seasons in the league and had double-digit sacks in each of those campaigns.

The presence of Greene was an intimidating one and that’s why he’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.