Keep Pounding Drummers | Carolina Panthers -

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.

2021 Keep Pounding Drummers

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9/12New York JetsKathleen Britton9/11 survivor, volunteer responder
9/19New OrleansChristian FuchsCharlotte FC player
10/10PhiladelphiaDr. Javier OesterheldCancer doctor
10/17MinnesotaDr. Kathryn Hanes-Romano / Pablo HortalAthletic trainer and student saved
11/7New EnglandGuzman CorujoCharlotte FC player
11/21WashingtonMajor General Chris DonahueSalute to Service
12/12AtlantaDJ MooreWalter Payton Man of the Year nominee
12/26Tampa BayTJ OlsenHeart transplant recipient

2020 Keep Pounding Drummers

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9/13Las VegasTabari Wallace
10/4ArizonaAvery CarusoBattling Leukemia
10/18ChicagoStephanie Killian
10/29AtlantaSarah DeanBreast cancer survivo
11/15Tampa BayBrig. Gen. Victor PetrenkiU.S. Army
11/22DetroitRonnie LongWrongfully convicted, released after 44 years
12/13DenverShaq ThompsonPanthers linebacker
1/3New OrleansCorey SeagerLA Dodgers shortstop

2019 Keep Pounding Drummers

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August 16BuffaloSir Purr25th season anniversary
August 29PittsburghZaire Washington
September 8Los Angeles RamsMuhsin MuhammadPanthers 25th Silver Season Team member
September 12Tampa BayMike RuckerPanthers 25th Silver Season Team member
October 6JacksonvilleJordan Gross, Jake Delhomme, Wesley Walls, Steve Smith Sr.Hall of Honor Inductees
November 3TennesseeAvery WilsonLuekemia survivor - Atrium Health Rep
November 17AtlantaCSM Annette Weber
December 1WashingtonJosieAtrium Health Rep
December 15SeattleAtrium Health Rep
December 29New OrleansMario AddisonPanthers defensive end

2018 Keep Pounding Drummers

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August 17MiamiWillie GreenPanthers alumni wide receiver
August 24New EnglandMitch Harwood, Bradford Hancock, McKenzie Stevens, Hayley BlaauwQueens University four-time National Champion Swimmers & Divers
September 9DallasGen. Robert NellerCommandant of the Marine Corps
September 23CincinnatiDana OutlawMayor of New Bern, N.C.
October 7New York GiantsCrucial Catch RepresentativesCancer survivors and representatives of the Crucial Catch initiative.
October 28BaltimoreTharon DrakeU.S. Paralympic silver medalist and NCAA's first blind swimming coach at Catawba College
November 4Tampa BayDoug GreenlawNational Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
November 25SeattleSFC Jennifer EdgerlyU.S. Army Sergeant
December 17New OrleansAustin Dillon2018 Dayton 500 champion
December 23AtlantaJoshua Meyers, Scott RohrerSpecial Olympians

2017 Keep Pounding Drummers

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August 9Houston TexansGerald WilliamsPanthers alumni defensive end (1995-97)
August 31Pittsburgh SteelersHarry SwimmerFounder of 'Mitey Riders' therapeutic riding program
September 17Buffalo BillsA'ja Wilson, Tyasha Harris, Luke Maye, Joel Berry IIMembers of the USC and UNC women's and men's national championship basketball teams
September 24New Orleans SaintsMaliyah MorrisonMember of Fuel Up to Play60 Leadership Team
October 12Philadelphia EaglesAlex Marshall, Gary Bowne, Paulus Bonar, Zoe OliverCancer survivors as part of Crucial Catch initiative
November 5Atlanta FalconsMike MinterFormer Panthers safety (1997-06)
November 13Miami DolphinsSSG Chad CampbellU.S. military member in honor of Salute to Service
December 10Minnesota VikingsCarrie KeutenPanthers Fan of the Year
December 17Green Bay PackersJulius PeppersPanthers all-time sack leader
December 24Tampa Bay BuccaneersBraheam MurphyLocal high school football QB and state champion