There were smiles all around the day in 1995 that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, left, handed first-ever draft pick Kerry Collins his first jersey after Carolina general manager Bill Polian (right) took Collins with the Panthers’ first-ever draft choice. Christopher A. Record/Staff
There were smiles all around the day in 1995 that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, left, handed first-ever draft pick Kerry Collins his first jersey after Carolina general manager Bill Polian (right) took Collins with the Panthers’ first-ever draft choice. Christopher A. Record/Staff CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD Staff photo
There were smiles all around the day in 1995 that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, left, handed first-ever draft pick Kerry Collins his first jersey after Carolina general manager Bill Polian (right) took Collins with the Panthers’ first-ever draft choice. Christopher A. Record/Staff CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD Staff photo

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