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Carolina Panthers History

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The Carolina Panthers is a National Football League team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers are one of four teams currently playing in the South Division of the National Football Conference. Team owner Jerry Richardson’s son Mark is responsible for the selection of Panthers as the team name. Mark, who felt that there should be some “synergy” between the name and the team colors also suggested the team colors of black, blue and silver. The Panthers uniform consists of the colors black, Cerulean blue, Silver, and White.

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The helmet silver with a black snarling panther outlined in blue. Sir Purr is the mascot of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers was founded in 1995 and were instantly competitive. The Panthers joined along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, becoming the first expansion teams in almost 20 years. Carolina finished its inaugural season with a 7-9 record to set a new NFL record for wins by an expansion team. The following season, the Panthers claimed a division title and advanced to the conference title game. In 1996, they stunned the NFL by winning twelve games and capturing the NFC Western Division title. Quarterback Kerry Collins and running back Anthony Johnson anchored the offense. Carolina put together the second-best defense in the NFC, featuring three Pro Bowl linebackers: Kevin Greene, Lamar Lathon, and Sam Mills. Michael Bates was the league’s top kickoff returner, averaging 30.2 yards per return. Placekicker John Kasay led the league in scoring, converting on a league-record 37 field goals.

Capers was named coach of the year. After capturing the division title, Carolina defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. This being the second year of their existence, the Panthers found themselves in the National Football Conference (NFC) title game, playing the Green Bay Packers but losing, eventual the Packers would take the Super Bowl Champions.

During the next few years, the Panthers made nearly as much news off the field as on, much of it negative. In 1999, wide receiver Rae Carruth was convicted of murdering his pregnant girlfriend. The following year, running back Fred Lane was shot to death by his wife during a domestic dispute. In 2003, two years removed from a 1-15 season, the team returned to the NFC championship, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles to earn a trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas, it first Super Bowl berth.


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The team fell in that game to the AFC champion New England Patriots, 32-29, following a field goal with :04 remaining by Patriot kicker Adam Vinatieri. Star players and coaches not to be forgotten by the team are quarterback Steve Beuerlein, quarter back Kerry Collins, centre-back Tyrone Poole, left tackle Blake Brockermeyer, left cornerback Kevin Greene, tight ends Wesley Walls, and Coaches Dom Capers and George Seifert. The Panthers only Hall of Honor inductee is Sam Mills, who was diagnosed with cancer during the preseason of 2003. Mills was a linebacker and helped the Carolina Panthers to a 12-4 record in their second season of existence. The Carolina Panthers play at Ericsson Stadium, which opened September 14, 1997, and seats 73,248.


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