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amy

Start the statue NOW!

CatDawgMan

Minter, we are all better here in Charlotte because of you. Thanks and may the Lord bless you and your family. Enjoy your loved ones, catch up on missed time with them and please find a way to get back into the Panthers organization!

Michael

I couldn't agree more. Mike has represented himself, the Carolina Panthers and the city of Charlotte with grace, honor and dignity. He's a special person and in today's society we need to hold his life up as an example to others.

david

His working class persona and dedication to both professional duty and commonweal effected the affinity and respect of the workers of the region who continue to attempt to show these attributes in their daily lives.

Mac

Every team needs a Mike Minter. Heck, every neighborhood needs a Mike Minter!

Sean

I whole heartedly agree as well. Minter has been a stud for the franchise, nothing but golden. He has always been a model player, durable, up standing, strong physically, mentally, and emotionally, a great leader, great spokesmen, excellent teacher, etc. etc. etc. He most definitely should be remembered for all Panther history.

Sean

I whole heartedly agree as well. Minter has been a stud for the franchise, nothing but golden. He has always been a model player, durable, up standing, strong physically, mentally, and emotionally, a great leader, great spokesmen, excellent teacher, etc. etc. etc. He most definitely should be remembered for all Panther history.

Scully

Did you see Jerry Richardson getting choked up at the press conference? I would say the statue is a done deal.

Rfandy

The very next column Tom should write is why we have to listen to so much about TO and Mike Vick in the National Media - every day ad nauseum - and yet there is barely a mention of Minter retiring except here in Charlotte. I'm sorry - you media guys overplay the "we only write what people want to hear" card. This column being different - only a statue would truly suffice.

Ed

I followed Mike's college career here in Nebraska. His toughness and determination stuck with me even considering his bigger-name Championship teammates of that era. I'm very pleased to read about his value to the Panthers and to his community, on and off the field.

When that statue is erected, I'm going to make a trip to Charlotte.

Good Luck Mike.

Purr Durham

Nice column, Tom. I was thinking the same thing after Minter's retirement. He does epitomize what Jerry Richardson stands for. There's more to the equation than just skills.

Purr Durham

Nice column, Tom. I was thinking the same thing after Minter's retirement. He does epitomize what Jerry Richardson stands for. There's more to the equation than just skills.

Derek

I am a huge fan of Mike Minter and will always respect his contributions to the team and the community. With that said, a statue should be devoted to players who were superstars, or legends with the team. The Panthers have been around 10 years, and there are going to be plenty of great people who put on the uniform. You can't give them all a statue.

Minter was a great guy and an exceptional teammate...but I don't think he deserves a statue. If we start giving statues to guys just because they were excellent members of the team and solid people...we're going to run out of room for statues.

dx

Derek,

in that case, by your logic, the Panthers will have to take down the statues of Sam Mills and Mike McCormack

tm

There should be some kind of guidelines as to what warrants a statue. There have obviously been better players than Mills and Minter, but I don't think any have been loved quite as much.

Seems appropriate to send the superstars to Canton, but honor our local favorites in our own front yard.

Mike Cupertino

no statue, but how about the ring of honor? Let's go with Beurlein, Walls, Minter and, of course, Kasey when (and if) he retires.

PK

Minter has been my 2nd favorite player after Sam Mills, so it makes perfect sense to me that he should be the next statue out front. Mike Minter in a word - Solid! As a Panther and as a man.

Chris Burch

Minter deserves a statue. He has displayed hardwork and leadership just like the past two men that were enshrined.

Reg

he deserves it, give him a statue....Better give Kasay a statue too! (he has won so many games for Carolina). They're both solid! I remember when Mike took out Raghib Ismail(season ending injury) in training camp during Mike's rookie year! He's just been solid, reliable, & consistent! Same with Kasay. Plus he stayed loyal with the Panther organization. Sam Mills got a statue b/c of his good character on and off the field. Minter has the same great character and should be shown appreciation.


Minter and Kasay (kickers never retire) deserve statues. Of course if Steve Smith plays his entire career in Carolina he'd get one, same with Peppers.

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