The new Carolina Panthers Nike uniforms are virtually the same as the Reebok ones they’ve been wearing for years now, but there’s one special message that’s sewn into the neck lining of each jersey that the players will wear.
According to Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, the phrase “KEEP POUNDING” has been stitched inside the back neck line of each jersey that each Panthers player will wear in 2012.
The phrase “keep pounding” was started by former Panthers linebacker and coach Sam Mills who died of cancer in 2005.
Fowler mentioned that before a playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys after the 2003 season, Mills gave a pregame speech, where he described his battle with cancer.
“When I found out I had cancer, there were two things I could do — quit or keep pounding. I’m a fighter. I kept pounding. You’re fighters, too. Keep pounding,” said Mills.
Mills was not only a great player, but he was also a great person and it’s nice to see the Panther honor him in this way.