Many players have worn a Carolina Panthers uniform; only a few have transcended it.
Throughout its 19-year history, only a handful of players have truly left an indelible mark on the franchise: Sam Mills, Kevin Greene, Wesley Walls, Mushin Muhammad, Mike Minter, Julius Peppers, John Kasay, Jake Delhomme, Steve Smith.
The recently traded Jon Beason belongs on that list.
Drafted 25th overall by Carolina in 2007, the Miramar, Florida, native immediately took over for fellow University of Miami alum Dan Morgan at starting middle linebacker. Patrick Willis was the only rookie to record more tackles than Beason's team-leading 140 stops seven seasons ago.
He didn't miss a single game over his first four NFL seasons, earning Pro Bowl honors in three consecutive years (2008-10). His 583 tackles are the second most in Panthers history.
Beason, however, is much more than just a good football player; He's a passionate, emotional leader who's respected by his teammates and adored by the hordes of fans who proudly wear his jersey on game day.
Beason's trade is the type that everyone hates to see but understands why it was made.
Thanks for all the memories No. 52. You will be deeply missed but fondly remembered as a consummate professional and one of the best Panther linebackers of all-time.
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