Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 51 days to go

There are only 51 days remaining until the Panthers kick off the 2021 season, so that means that I get to spend the next 600-ish words talking about my favorite human being to ever wear a Panthers uniform: Sam Mills.

I wrote this piece back in 2018 and honestly, I’m just going to copy and paste the meat of the story I wrote back then because I don’t think I can tell it any better than I did three years ago, and I feel like it’s been long enough that it deserves to be shared again.

The following text is taken from my countdown piece in 2018 about the late, great Sam Mills. (Note: Some minor changes have been made, including dates to reflect that it’s 2021 and not 2018.)

Most of the articles in this countdown series are a mundane exercise to pass the time until real football begins, and I’m sure most of you have figured that out by now. We give a quick rundown of each player’s career history and what we expect from them in 2021, but it’s no secret that the majority of these pieces are filler content to make up for the lack of real news. Honestly, I think all of us can admit that.

But this number is different. This one means something. Almost everyone reading this has either been through or knows someone who has been through the dreaded C-word. I don’t…

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I write stories about football for Cat Scratch Reader. I’m also the Managing Editor so I get to tell people what to do. It’s pretty neat. Also, go Gamecocks!