Beloved/disliked: Carolina Panthers

September, 7, 2010
Here are the results of your voting for the most beloved and disliked figures in the history of the Carolina Panthers.

Beloved figure: Sam Mills

Reader comment: "Most beloved is definitely Sam Mills. Sam was an incredible leader and his passion fueled the team as a player and a coach. The community lost a special person when Sam passed." --- Justin, Charlotte, N.C.

Runner-up: Jake Delhomme. Mills won by a pretty wide margin. But the interesting thing here is that Delhomme initially was getting a lot of votes in the disliked category. After we reported some of the early results, Carolina fans really stepped up to support Delhomme.

Most disliked: Julius Peppers

Reader comment: "I decided on Peppers. I have lived in NC my entire life. I watched him in college (as a Duke fan pulling against Carolina) and as a pro. I was very excited when the Panthers picked him with the #2 pick. However, I hate the way he didn't always try. I also hate the manner in which he left the team. As a fan who buys game tickets, jerseys, stuff with the team logo, etc. I feel that I helped pay his 1,000,000 a game salary. I think my Panther-fan brethren and I deserved better from him. (If he only had Jake's loyalty...) " -- -Adam, Mill Spring, S.C.

Runner-up: Kerry Collins. Peppers pretty much ran away with this, but Carolina fans showed they have strong memories by not forgetting what Collins did in the early years of the franchise.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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