‘He would make you feel seen’: Panthers’ Sam Mills officially inducted into Hall of Fame

CANTON, OHIO — Carolina Panthers legend Sam Mills was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The five-time pro-bowl linebacker played in the NFL for 12 years and spent three of those years with the Carolina Panthers.

Mills’ wife Melanie Mills was at the ceremony in Canton, Ohio, to represent her late husband, who died of cancer in 2005.

Melanie Mills and Mills’ former New Orleans Saints coach Jim Mora revealed a bust of Mills at the event. It will now sit in the Hall of Fame alongside other NFL legends.

Melanie Mills shared a few words about who her husband was as a person.

“If you were working hard at anything, he would let you know he appreciated your hard work. You could be a teammate, a coach, a ball boy, a security guard. He would make you feel seen,” she said.

Mills’ locker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame includes his wristband with his catchphrase “Keep Pounding,” which became the Panthers’ slogan.

To learn more about Sam Mills’ inspiring career, read here.

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