Keep Pounding has become a team mantra in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coach Sam Mills. Mills first used the phrase "Keep Pounding" as a coach in an emotional speech to the team prior to the Panthers' playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 2, 2004. He spoke about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Mills asked the players to "Keep Pounding."

Immediately following the coin toss before every home game, an honorary drummer rallies the entire stadium by hitting the massive six-foot Keep Pounding Drum four times to signify four quarters. Keep Pounding Drummers come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, but all have overcome a great trial or adversity that has not only made them strong but also pushes them to make others around them stronger.

2018 Keep Pounding Drummers Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
Date Opponent Name Notes
August 17 Miami Willie Green Panthers alumni wide receiver
August 24 New England Mitch Harwood, Bradford Hancock, McKenzie Stevens, Hayley Blaauw Queens University four-time National Champion Swimmers & Divers
September 9 Dallas Gen. Robert Neller Commandant of the Marine Corps
September 23 Cincinnati Dana Outlaw Mayor of New Bern, N.C.
October 7 New York Giants Crucial Catch Representatives Cancer survivors and representatives of the Crucial Catch initiative.
October 28 Baltimore Tharon Drake U.S. Paralympic silver medalist and NCAA's first blind swimming coach at Catawba College
November 4 Tampa Bay Doug Greenlaw National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
November 25 Seattle SFC Jennifer Edgerly U.S. Army Sergeant
December 17 New Orleans Austin Dillon 2018 Dayton 500 champion
December 23 Atlanta Joshua Meyers, Scott Rohrer Special Olympians
2017 Keep Pounding Drummers
Date Opponent Name Notes
August 9 Houston Texans Gerald Williams Panthers alumni defensive end (1995-97)
August 31 Pittsburgh Steelers Harry Swimmer Founder of 'Mitey Riders' therapeutic riding program
September 17 Buffalo Bills A'ja Wilson, Tyasha Harris, Luke Maye, Joel Berry II Members of the USC and UNC women's and men's national championship basketball teams
September 24 New Orleans Saints Maliyah Morrison Member of Fuel Up to Play60 Leadership Team
October 12 Philadelphia Eagles Alex Marshall, Gary Bowne, Paulus Bonar, Zoe Oliver Cancer survivors as part of Crucial Catch initiative
November 5 Atlanta Falcons Mike Minter Former Panthers safety (1997-06)
November 13 Miami Dolphins SSG Chad Campbell U.S. military member in honor of Salute to Service
December 10 Minnesota Vikings Carrie Keuten Panthers Fan of the Year
December 17 Green Bay Packers Julius Peppers Panthers all-time sack leader
December 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Braheam Murphy Local high school football QB and state champion

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