There are only 48 days left until the Panthers kick off the 2021 season, and since there are no current players wearing No. 48 on the roster we’re going to talk about the best player in franchise history* to wear No. 48 — running back Stephen Davis.
The Panthers signed Davis as a free agent ahead of the 2003 season after he had played the first seven years of his career in Washington, and he immediately made an impact on the Panthers’ offense by rushing for a career-high 1,444 yards and 8 touchdowns as the Panthers made a run towards the Super Bowl (that they unfortunately lost**).
Davis was a top-three finisher in the MVP race in 2003 and led all running backs with 315 rushing yards in the postseason, but injuries derailed the remainder of his time in Carolina as he spent the 2004 season on injured reserve and only appeared sparingly in 2005 before being released in March 2006. In February 2008, Davis signed a one-day contract and retired as a Panther.
Do you have any favorite memories of Stephen Davis, Panthers fans? Please share them with us if you do!
*- According to Pro Football Reference, the only other player to wear No. 48 for the Panthers is tight end Stephen Sullivan, who now wears No. 84. Sullivan hasn’t been around very long and I don’t recall seeing him with the No. 48, so this could…