Just in case you didn’t know why the Carolina Panthers keep pounding, you found out on Saturday.
The unique, inspiring and beautiful legacy of franchise icon Sam Mills—after 20 long years—was finally immortalized in Canton, Ohio this afternoon.
He is now officially the third Panther, joining fellow defenders Reggie White and Kevin Greene,
to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mills began his pro football career on what would later prove to be a quite fitting note.
After a standout four-year stay at Montclair State University, the 5-foot-9 linebacker was cut loose by the NFL’s
Cleveland Browns in 1981 and the USFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 1982—without playing a snap for either organization.
He’d then stick on with Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars for the next three years—racking up three All-USFL selections,
two USFL championships and, ultimately, a spot on the USFL All-Time Team.
Jim Mora and the New Orleans Saints took notice,
as the head coach brought Mills over into the NFL from their stint with the Stars.