Carolina Panthers Facts

Carolina Panthers Facts
The Carolina Panthers is a professional football team playing in the South Division of the NFC (National Football Conference) in the NFL. The team was established in 1993 by Jerry Richardson, only the second former professional football player to own an NFL franchise team. In his bid for the Carolina Panther franchise, Jerry Richardson and his company Jerry Richardson Sports unveiled a plan in June 1993 for a privately funded stadium to seat more than 72,000 fans. On October 26th, 1993 the NFL selected Carolina to be the 29th franchise. The Carolina Panthers home field is the Bank of America Stadium located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Interesting Carolina Panthers Facts:
The Carolina Panthers are estimated to be worth more than $1 billion today.
Jerry Richardson, the founder of the Carolina Panthers, and his family own 48% of the franchise while the remainder is owned by 14 limited partners.
The Carolina Panthers' head coach is Ron Rivera; the president is Danny Morrison; the general manager is Dave Gettleman.
The Carolina Panthers team colors are blue, black, silver, and white.
The Carolina Panthers mascot is Sir Purr. He is a black cat with a jersey numbered '00'. Sir Purr visits Levine Children's Hospital once a month.
The Carolina Panthers cheerleaders are the Carolina Topcats, who participate in games by entertaining the fans with cheers.
The Carolina Panthers have a drumline called Purrcussion. It is an ensemble of tenor, snare, and bass drummers, coupled with cymbal players.
The Carolina Panthers won the NFC conference championship in 2003. They won the NFC West division championships in 1996, and the NFC South division championships in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2014.
The Carolina Panthers have appeared in the NFL Playoffs 6 times, in 1996, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013, and 2014.
Only a few teams play in stadiums that they own. The Carolina Panthers are one of them.
Jerry Richardson began driving with the license plate PNTHRS in 1989, in anticipation of the franchise.
The Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor has existed since 1997. It is meant to honor those who have contributed greatly to the team. Those who are honored this way have a life-size bronze statue next to the stadium entrance.
Hall of Honor members include Mike McCormack, former executive consultant, general manager and president, and Sam Mills, leader and gentleman linebacker.
Head coaches of the Carolina Panthers have included Dom Capers ('95-'98), George Seifert ('99-'01), John Fox ('02-'10), and Ron Rivera ('11-present).
Carolina Panthers former player Sam Mills' #51 was retired.
The Carolina Panthers first winning season was 1996 with 12 wins and 4 losses.
Although the Carolina Panthers have a fight song titled 'Stand and Cheer', the Neil Diamond song titled 'Sweet Caroline' is commonly played following home wins.
Reggie White is the only Carolina Panther former player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a defensive end for the Panthers in 2000.
Jerry Richardson, the Carolina Panthers founder, was a former Baltimore Colts player in the NFL, before becoming owner of the Carolina Panthers.


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