Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6:22 am

Sam Mills: RIP

Filed under: Panthers,Sad,Salute! — Lex @ 6:22 am

Former Panther linebacking great Sam Mills, currently the team’s linebackers coach, died Monday morning of the intestinal cancer he had battled since 2003.

Sam Mills played in the old USFL, then played nine years for the Saints before joining the Panthers in their debut season, 1995. He captained the defense through three seaons, the second of which took them to the NFC championship game. Although only 5 feet 8, he played much bigger, leading the team in tackles in 1996. He even inspired my wife — who stands all of 5 feet 2 and has never played football — to dream of playing in the NFL. Now THAT’s leadership.

But more than that, he made every place he ever was associated with classier. Even the ‘Aints.

God rest ye, Sam. Panther Nation will miss you and will remember you.

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