The Carolina Panthers haven’t been around for a long time. They began their play at the beginning of the 1995 season. While the team as a whole goes unnoticed because of their lack of history, I wanted to shine some light on some of the most impactful players in Panther history. With that being said here’s the top 5 Panther Wide Receivers in team history.
- Mark Carrier
Mark played his college football at Nicholls State University. He was drafted in the third round of the 1987 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent 5 seasons with them before moving on to the Cleveland Browns. He was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft. Carrier played for the Panthers for 3 seasons before retiring. As a Panther, he racked up 2,547 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns, and only 1 fumble. The name isn’t familiar to most, but you can’t overlook what he did for the team in his tenure with the Panthers.
- Wesley Walls
Wesley Walls was mainly a defensive player in college. At the University of Mississippi Walls played defensive end for 3 years but became a linebacker in his senior year. He also played tight end. Walls was induced into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. In his 6 seasons with the Panthers, Wesley Walls has 3,902 receiving yards, 44 touchdowns, and 1 fumble.
- Greg Olsen
There’s not too much to say about Greg Olsen that most don’t already know. Olsen started his career with the Chicago Bears then was traded to the Panthers in 2011 for a 2012 third round pick. Since he’s been in Carolina, Olsen has racked up 5,384 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 3 fumbles. He’s also set an NFL record, becoming the first tight end in NFL history to record 3 straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
- Muhsin Muhammad
Muhsin was the star of the Panthers before the number one receiver got there in 2001. The Panthers selected Muhammad in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Muhammad made it to 2 Pro Bowls plus led the NFL in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2004. He also added a first team All-Pro honor to his belt in 2004. Muhsin finished his career with the Panthers with 9,255 receiving yards, 50 touchdowns, and 14 fumbles.
- Steve Smith
I had to save the most dominate Panther of any position for last. Steve Smith is a Panther legend. The Carolina Panthers drafted Smith in the third round of the 2001 NFL draft. His first year with the team was mostly spent on kick and punt return, but that quickly changed. He holds 20 Carolina Panthers records. He’s a 5 time Pro Bowler, a 2 time first team All-Pro selection, and the 2005 leader in receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns. He finished his tenure with the Panthers with 12,197 receiving yards, 67 touchdowns, and 32 fumbles. Although Smith didn’t finish his career in Carolina, he with be loved by the Panther faithful for many years to come.