Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C.,None - Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina's leader in receptions and receiving yards, announced his retirement Thursday in a press conference at Bank of America Stadium.
Muhammad played 11 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Panthers after being selected in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Panthers. He spent his first nine years in Carolina and three seasons with the Chicago Bears before reuniting with the Panthers in 2008 and helping Carolina to an NFC South title.
He holds the Panthers team records for career receptions with 696, receiving yards with 9.255, and is tied with Steve Smith for most touchdown passes with 50. His 155 games are the most for any starter and his 141 starts are tied with Mike Minter for the most in team history.
"Coaching Muhsin has been a pleasure," says head coach John Fox. "He is the ultimate competitor and you always knew he would give you everything he had. We shared some great moments and his contributions were invaluable to the success we enjoyed. His receiving numbers reflect what kind of receiver he was, but he was also one of the best blocking wide outs to ever play in the NFL."
"The first word that come comes to mind when you think about Muhsin is toughness," says general manager Marty Hurney. "His competitiveness was contagious in our lockerroom. He was a dependable playmaker and a leader who brought very much to our team."
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Muhammad was selected in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft following his career at Michigan State. After catching 25 passes for 407 yards as a rookie, his receiving total increased each of the next four years.
In 1999 and 2000 Muhammad teamed with quarterback Steve Beuerlein to form one of the most dynamic passing combinations in the National Football League. His 96 receptions for 1,253 yards in 1999 earned Muhammad his first Pro Bowl berth and he followed that with 102 catches for 1,183 yards in 2000.
However, his most productive year came in 2004 when Muhammad recorded career highs of 1,405 receiving yards and 16 touchdown receptions.
After three seasons in Chicago, Muhammad returned to Carolina in 2008 and helped lead the Panthers to a 12-4 record and an NFC South title when he caught 65 passes for 923 yards and five touchdowns.
He culminated his career with 53 catches for 581 yards and one touchdown last season.
Muhammad also proved to be as durable as productive during his long NFL career. In the last 12 years of his career, he started at least 13 games 11 times, missing that mark only in 2001.
During his career, he played in 202 regular season game and 11 playoff contests, starting 188 times. He finishes his career, 14-year career with 860 catches for 11,438 receiving yards and 62 touchdowns,
In the community Muhammad was as productive as he was one field.
He started the M2 Foundation for Kids, which is dedicated to enhancing the educational, physical and spiritual development of children.
He and his wife Christa have six children, including two siblings they adopted from Ethiopia.
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