Written By: T.J. Blanton
One of the most memorable, influential, and beloved Panthers of all time former LB & LBs coach Sam Mills. Sam Mills recorded the clutch interception that lead to the Panthers inaugural win. Perhaps one of things that left the biggest mark on the Carolina franchise was Mills’ inspirational “Keep Pounding” speech he gave to the 2003 Panthers who eventually lost in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Mills battle with cancer has inspired and continues to inspire people who battle with cancer and people who struggle in life. “When I found out I had cancer, there were two things I could do. Quit or Keep Pounding. I kept pounding.” Those words from Mills fill the minds of fans, coaches, and players yearly and you can always see that holds true.
Mills’ #51 is the only number retired by the Panthers and he has a statue outside Bank of America Stadium, Mills played in the USFL then when that fell out he played for the New Orleans Saints & Carolina Panthers both of whom have retired his number.
Sam Mills, a man who will inspire for generations to come, just one of many great parts of the 20 seasons of Carolina Panthers football. Keep it here with CPH as we reflect on some of the amazing moments in Panther history.