Carolina Panthers

Facts and information about the Carolina Panthers

  • The first player drafted by the Carolina Panthers in their history was Penn State Quarterback Kerry Collins
  • Quarterback Jim Harbaugh had consecutive 1-15 seasons for two different teams at the end of his career; San Diego in 2000 and Carolina in 2001.

  • 2015 saw Jonathan Stewart become the second player ever to accumulate 5,000 or more rushing yards while wearing a Carolina Panthers uniform.  The first had been DeAngelo Williams.  In 2009, Williams and Stewart both turned in 1,000 yard rushing seasons for the team.
  • Jim Harbaugh had always worn jersey number four during his time with the Bears, Colts, and Chargers. When Harbaugh came to the Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay was already wearing number four. Harbaugh wore number 14 in honor of A.J. Foyt his favorite NASCAR driver as a child.
  • The Panthers first Head Coach was Dom Capers who would later become the first Head Coach of the Houston Texans.


  • The Panthers were preceded in the Raleigh area by another professional football team, the World League of American Football’s Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks.
  • The first player cut by the Carolina Panthers was future professional wrestling star Bill Goldberg who had been claimed off the Atlanta Falcons roster.
  • The first interception Cam Newton threw in the NFL came in his very first game, a Panthers loss to the Cardinals, on a pass intended for Steve Smith that was picked off by Daryl Washington.
  • Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox’s first experience coaching professional football came as the defensive backs coach for the USFL‘s Los Angeles Express.


  • During the Panthers first season they won their first game, had a four game winning streak, and became the first expansion team to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions.
  • In the Panthers second season they came one game short of the Super Bowl.
  • Carolina Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad won an Emmy Award for a segment called “Hanging With The Moose” that appeared on the SportsNite program in 2005.
  • A 2012 loss to the Broncos saw Panthers tight end get his first career 100 yard receiving game when he caught nine passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Carolina Panthers standout wide receiver Steve Smith played college football for the University of Utah, before that he played junior college football at Santa Monica College where he was teammates with future Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Johnson (Ocho Cinco).
  • In 1993, while playing collegiately at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), future Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was the only true freshman starting at quarterback in all of Division I college football.
  • The first quarterback Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly ever sacked in the NFL was Brady Quinn of the Chiefs in 2012 Panthers loss.
  • In 2005, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith accomplished what is known as the receiving triple crown by leading the league in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns.  The only two other players in NFL history to accomplish this were Jerry Rice in 1990 and Sterling Sharpe in 1992.
  • The first former Carolina Panther to make it to the Hall-of-Fame was Defensive End Reggie White.
  • The first TD pas Cam Newton threw in the NFL was a 77 yarder to Steve Smith in his first game ever, a loss to the Cardinals, in 2011.
  • From 1980 through 1986, John Fox who would eventually become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, would be on the coaching staffs of seven different colleges or teams, they are Boise State (1980), Long Beach State (1981), University of Utah (1982), University of Kansas (1983), Iowa State (1984), Los Angeles Express (1985), University of Pittsburgh (1986).
  • Their first year in the league, the Carolina Panthers played at Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium.
  • While still an active player, former Wide Receiver Rae Carruth was convicted and sentenced to jail for being involved in the murder of his girlfriend.
  • The player that would appear on the original 1995 Carolina Panthers roster and then remain with the team the longest would be kicker John Kasay.
  • Before hiring John Fox to be the team’s head coach in 2002, the Carolina Panthers had offered the job to both Steve Spurrier and Tony Dungy who had turned the position down.
  • Carolina Panthers wide receiver became the 29th player to achieve more than 10,000 career receiving yards in 2008.  Coincidentally, he achieved this milestone in a game against the only other NFL team he had played for, the Chicago Bears.
  • The first former Carolina Panther to be elected to the Hall-of-Fame was Defensive End Reggie White who came out of retirement to play one last season (2000) in the NFL with the Panthers.

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