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Today we look at the 24th best moment in the history of the Carolina Panthers. Leading up to the start of the Panthers’ 25th season of existence, we are breaking down the team’s top 25 moments.
If you missed the start of the list, here’s a link to the 25th best moment in Panthers’ history, which involves the first of many appearances on the list by “Agent 89” himself, Steve Smith.
Let’s jump right in with our 24th best moment in franchise history: John Kasay retires as the team’s all-time scoring leader.
Kasay Was One of the Original Players on the Team
While Kasay originally started his career with the Seattle Seahawks (another former expansion franchise) in 1991, it was during the1995 expansion draft when the Panthers selected Kasay to be part of the team, along with fellow original Panthers Sam Mills.
Kasay played nearly every year of his career with the Panthers save for his first four seasons in Seattle and his last season with the division rival New Orleans Saints.
Kasey retired following the 2011 season, leaving the game as the top scorer in the franchise’s history, scoring over 1400 points for the Panthers, a record that is still standing up.
Why Kasay Didn’t Place Higher
Unfortunately, He was never in the conversation of greatest field goal kickers in NFL history, as he only registered just above 80 percent for his career percentage for field goals made, while registering an 82 field goal completion rate with the Panthers.
Another reason Kasay didn’t place higher on the list is due in large part that Kasay is probably remembered for one of the more egregious Super Bowl blunders in recent memory.
Following Jake Delhomme tying the game with a touchdown strike late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII, Kasay proceeded to kick the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, placing the New England Patriots at the 40-yard line with little time left in the game.
Tom Brady was able to drive down and set up future Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri for the game-winning field goal, sinking the Panthers 32-29.
Kasay remains in the hearts of Panthers fans as one of the O.G.’s of the team and while his records are probably going to be broken eventually by Graham Gano, he still deserves recognition on the list.
That’s all for today, stay tuned tomorrow when we reveal No. 23 on the list of greatest Panthers moments of all-time.