It may have taken a bit too long, but Carolina Panthers icon Sam Mills is finally getting his flowers here in 2022. And the love won’t be limited to just Canton, Ohio.
On Saturday, the organization announced it’ll host a “Keep Pounding Game” this upcoming season in honor of the legendary linebacker. The dedication game will come in Week 4, when the Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on Oct. 2.
The family and a number of former teammates of Mills, as well as representatives from the Hall, will be on hand for the momentous event. Additionally, his long-awaited bust will be revealed at halftime.
Mills, of course, was finally selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame back on Feb. 10, in his 20th and final year of eligibility. His legacy will be enshrined into Canton on Aug. 6 alongside Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Richard Seymour, Bryant Young, Cliff Branch, Art McNally and Dick Vermeil.
On a side note, the Panthers have won six straight games against the Cardinals. So there’s a decent chance this special afternoon could end on a special note.