CANTON, Ohio — Sam Mills joins Kevin Greene, Reggie White and Bill Polian as those with Carolina Panthers ties to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame when Mills gets enshrined this weekend.
And more Panthers could soon be on the way.
WCNC Charlotte asked him which Carolina Panthers players might soon make into Canton.
STEVE SMITH: Eligible now (Semifinalist in 2022)
Gantt: "I think Steve's got a really strong case. I think Steve deserves to be in Canton. If you compare his numbers and what he was able to do to some of the receivers who are finalists now who maybe played with a better grade of quarterback, Steve put up a lot of numbers. He's eighth on the all-time receiving list, and I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."
JULIUS PEPPERS: Eligible in 2024
Gantt: "If you look at his accomplishments, he's second all-time in forced fumbles and fourth on the all-time sack list. All the guys above him are already in and a lot of guys below. A lot of guys that haven't accomplished the things Julius has, they got in first ballot."
LUKE KUECHLY: Eligible in 2025
Gantt: "There's a modern complement to Luke in Patrick Willis who was a first-time finalist this year. If you stack their careers up, they're very similar. The only real difference is that Luke has that Defensive Player of the Year award."
CAM NEWTON: Still active
Gantt: "When Cam Newton is finished playing, there's going to be a conversation about him in terms of the Hall of Fame. I know it will be an interesting conversation, everything with Cam always is. But Cam Newton did things on the football field no one else has ever done."
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