CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tuesday was an emotional day for John Kasay.

The former Panthers kicker signed a one-day contract so he could retire a Panther after 21 years in the NFL. Kasay spent 16 of those seasons kicking at Bank of America Stadium for Carolina. The other five years with Seattle and New Orleans.

To be able to watch your family grow, not only in number, but also stature, it gives us a long-range perspective on how blessed we were and have been by Mr. Richardson. To be able to come live in this community, this city and really the North Carolina and South Carolina region, that has been so good to our family and has given way more to us than we've ever given back, said Kasay.

Kasay ranks sixth in league history with most field goals made (461) and attempts (563), as well as fifth in career field goal percentage (81.9 percent minimum 500 attempts) and eighth in points scored (1,970).

His 42 career field goals of 50 or more yards tie him for second all time in NFL history.

Kasay was one of the first unrestricted free agents signed by the organization in 1995.

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