CHARLOTTE – On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers' Hall of Honor will add former players for the first time since Sam Mills was enshrined in 1998.
It's been a long time coming, and after a lot of hard work behind-the-scenes, the week of the Hall of Honor game against Jacksonville is finally here.
"It's a momentous occasion for the Carolina Panthers," said David Monroe, historical and alumni affairs manager. "When you think back to Sam and what he meant to this organization and the high standard that he set, now we get to this point and we're inducting four very deserving individuals. Each had outstanding career achievements.
"We're very excited. A lot of planning and a lot of hard work by many people in the organization for Hall of Honor weekend. It's going to be really special."
The big moment of course will come when the curtains are pulled and the four names – Steve Smith, Sr., Jake Delhomme, Jordan Gross and Wesley Walls – are unveiled.
But the entire weekend will be a celebration of their careers. Here's a rundown of what will take place:
- Saturday morning blazer fitting
- Saturday afternoon halftime ceremony rehearsal
- Saturday evening cocktail reception/dinner/program for inductees and guests
- Sunday brunch for inductees and guests hosted by David Tepper
- All four inductees will take part in the Keep Pounding drum ceremony pregame
- Halftime ceremony, featuring official unveiling and brief speeches from inductees (important note: the halftime ceremony will be streamed live on Twitter, Facebook and the Panthers' website and mobile app)
"One of the things I'm most excited about is just seeing the reactions when they see their names unveiled on the stadium bowl," Monroe said. "It's a new design for the signage, and it's very powerful."
Stay tuned to Panthers.com and the Panthers' social media platforms for complete coverage of Hall of Honor weekend.
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