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Ex-Panther Jake Delhomme joining a bank board

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is joining the board of a Louisiana bank after a year of providing "key leadership," MidSouthBank said Thursday.

The bank is based in Lafayette<, La., the same city where Delhomme, 38, played in college and just miles from where he grew up. For the past year, the former Pro Bowler has advised the bank's directors on managing credit, interest rates, liquidity, regulatory compliance, and reputation risk, the bank said.

"He has mentored young bankers, instilling a strong work ethic in them, and in turn has been mentored by our veteran board members, which is among the many reasons the bank wanted to formalize his association with the board," MidSouth Bank chairman Will Charbonnet said in a statement.

MidSouth is not a huge bank by any means, but it's not tiny either. It had $1.9 billion in assets at the end of the second quarter, according to the FDIC's call report.

Delhomme took the Panthers to their only Super Bowl in the 2003 season and holds the franchise records for total passing yards and touchdowns.

Since retiring, Delhomme has helped run a business training and breeding race horses. Last month, he was elected president of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association board of directors.

He's not the only former Panther to break into finance. Long-time wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad is a managing partner at Axum Capital Partners, which bought a controlling stake in the Wild Wing Cafe chain last year.

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