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Jake Delhomme

Jake Delhomme was an undrafted Quarterback out of Louisiana-Lafayette who managed to play backup for his home state New Orleans Saints, but it was across the division in Carolina where he would have his greatest success. As a Panther, he would take the team to their first ever Super Bowl (they didn’t win) and made a Pro Bowl in 2005. Delhomme is probably not Hall of Fame material but is likely to be recognized by the Panthers sometime in the future.

9. Jake Delhomme

Jake Delhomme bided his time with the New Orleans Saints, but he was never meant to see an opportunity in the Bayou.  The Quarterback would sign with the Carolina Panthers before the 2003 campaign and would not just win the starting job with Carolina but would become one of the better pivots of the game.

The 2017 Football Futures have been updated

It is always onward and upward for us at, and as such we wanted to take the time to update our Football Futures section.  This is the portion of the website where you have the opportunity to let us know your opinion as whether retired players who are not yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be enshrined in Canton.  This process also helps us establish where these players should be ranked once eligible.

We already had the Football Futures from 2016, 2017 and 2018 up, and we have first decided to add additional candidates to the 2017 Football Futures Section. 

First, here are the 2017 Football Future candidates who had already been uploaded:

Albert Haynesworth, a controversial Defensive Tackle who was two time First Team All Pro.

Brian Dawkins, a Safety who was named to nine Pro Bowls, four First Team All Pros and is a member of the 20/20 club.

Chad Johnson, the charismatic Wide Receiver who was a six time Pro Bowler and once led the NFL in Receiving Yards.

Derrick Mason, a two time Pro Bowl Selection who once led the National Football League in All-Purpose Yards.

Hines Ward, a Wide Receiver who was a Pro Bowl Selection twice, and a two time Super Bowl Champion (and one time Super Bowl MVP) with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jason Taylor, a Defensive Tackle who was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and was a former Defensive Player of the Year.

Jeremy Shockey, a brash Tight End who was a four time Pro Bowler and two time winner of the Super Bowl (one with the New York Giants and one with the New Orleans Saints).

Joey Porter, a Linebacker who went to four Pro Bowls and helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl.

Kris Dielman, an Offensive Guard who played his entire career with the San Diego Chargers and went to four Pro Bowls.

LaDanian Tomlinson, a Running Back who was a two time Rushing Champion and five time Pro Bowler while playing with the San Diego Chargers.

Olin Kreutz, a Center who was a six time Pro Bowler and one time First Team All Pro while playing for the Chicago Bears.

Ricky Williams, an enigmatic Running Back who was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2002.

The new additions are as follows:

Aaron Kampman, a Defensive End with two Pro Bowl Selections and over 50 Quarterback Sacks.

Aaron Smith, a Defensive End with two Super Bowl Rings and two Pro Bowl nods in a career that was only spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Al Harris, a Cornerback who helped the Green Bay Packers win a Super Bowl and also a two time Pro Bowl Selection.

Bob Sanders, a Safety who was a former AP Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Colts’ lone Super Bowl win in Indianapolis.

Casey Wiegmann, an undrafted Center who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Chad Clifton, an Offensive Lineman who made two Pro Bowls and helped the Green Bay Packers win a Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb, a Quarterback known for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles where he took them to multiple NFC Championship Games.

E.J. Henderson, a linebacker who played all nine of his seasons with Minnesota Vikings.

Jake Delhomme, a Quarterback who took the Carolina Panthers to their first Super Bowl appearance.

John Henderson, a Defensive Tackle who made two Pro Bowls while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Joseph Addai, a Running Back who went to one Pro Bowl and was a big reason that Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl.

Larry Johnson, a Running Back who went to two Pro Bowls and earned a first Team All Pro spot.

Lito Sheppard, a Cornerback who went to a pair of Pro Bowls and was also a First Team All Pro Selection once.

Marion Barber, a Running Back who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Matt Light, an Offensive Tackle who won three Super Bowls and went to three Pro Bowls with the New England Patriots.

Mike Sellers, a Fullback who made one Pro Bowl.

Neil Rackers, a Place Kicker who once led the NFL in Field Goals.

Nick Collins, a Safety who led the NFL once in Interception Return Yards, made three Pro Bowls and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers.

Ovie Mughelli, a Fullback who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Ryan Pontbriand, a Long Snapper who went to two Pro Bowls.

Shaun Ellis, a Defensive End who went to two Pro Bowls.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a Wide Receiver who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Thomas Jones, a Running Back who is a member of the 10,000 Yard Rushing Club.

Tommie Harris, a Defensive Tackle who was a three time Pro Bowler.

Vince Young, a Quarterback who went to two Pro Bowls.

We will be continuing our work on the football futures and you will be seeing that shortly.  In the meantime we are hopeful that we will receive your inputs and votes on this batch of future eligible football players.

The Carolina Panthers announced four new names for their Hall of Honor

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that the Carolina Panthers have announced that four new members will be added to their Hall of Honor for 2019.

Before we look at those new members, let’s take a look at the Hall of Honor itself, which is still in a state of development.  Prior to this announcement, only two people were honored, that of former player Sam Mills and former executive Mike McCormack who were inducted way back in 1998.  There had been no discernable talk after about new members would enter the Hall of Honor but this changed when the new owner David Tepper bought the team.  

The Class of 2019 are:

Jake Delhomme: Quarterback 2003-09.  Delhomme arrived in 2003 as a free agent and took over as the team’s starter quickly coming in during the first game of the season in relief of Rodney Peete.  This began a Cinderella season where he took the Panthers all the way to an unexpected Super Bowl XXXVIII appearance where they lost in the last play of the game to the New England Patriots.  Delhomme would remain the team’s QB through to 2009 and the 2005 Pro Bowl Selection would throw for 19,258 Yards and 120 Touchdowns as a Panther.

Jordan Gross: Offensive Tackle 2003-13.  Gross would play 167 Games in the NFL all with Carolina and he started them all.  Gross was a three-time Pro Bowl Selection who was also chosen in 2018 as a First Team All-Pro.

Steve Smith: Wide Receiver 2000-13.  Smith was drafted in the 3rdRound in 2001 out of Utah and he would become the greatest offensive threat in Panthers history. He was a Pro Bowl Selection four times and a First Team All-Pro twice and in 2005 he would lead the NFL in Receptions (103), Receiving Yards (1,563) and Receiving Touchdowns (12).  Before he signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, Smith would accrue 836 Receptions, 12,197 Yards and 67 Touchdowns as a Panther. Smith is considered to be a solid threat to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame once eligible.

Wesley Walls: Tight End 1996-02.  Walls played six years in the NFL before joining Carolina in 1996 and it was there where he had his best years.  Walls played in Carolina for seven years and was a Pro Bowler in five of them.  With the Panthers he would accumulate 324 Receptions, 3,902 Yards with 44 TDs.


Going forward, what we know is that the other considered nominees for the Class of 2019 was not revealed and that there is no guarantee that there will be an inductee every year.  While it has not been finalized, the belief is that a player must have played for the organization for a minimum of three years and be retired for at least two.  Both Mills and McCormack have statues, but it will be commemorative busts for the new inductees. Their names will be added to the upper bowl inside the stadium.

We here at would like to congratulate and Jake Delhomme, Jordan Gross, Steve Smith and Wesley Walls for earning this honor.

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