Remembering the 1995 Carolina Panthers: The First Cut Is the Deepest

June 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2010 NFL season marks the 15-year anniversary of the Carolina Panthers entering the league. Like any new team just starting out, they were bound to make some mistakes along the way.
With a first-time head coach at the helm in Dom Capers, an expansion draft that could only be described as the best of the worst in the NFL, and three first round draft picks...what could go wrong? Right?
The Panthers had a total of 44 draft picks in its inaugural season, 19 of which would not make it through training camp and over half of which would not make it through the 1995 season.
This comedy of errors draft class included a center who would meet an untimely death at age 39 due to suspected substance abuse and a defensive end by the name of Shawn King who would go on to set new substance abuse standards in the NFL.
1995: Placed in the NFL's intervention program after violating the NFL's drug policy. 1997: Suspended for six games during the 1997 season due to vio...

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