Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers re-sign reserve LB Ben Jacobs of ‘Creedbombing’ fame

Ben Jacobs of the Carolina Panthers.
Ben Jacobs of the Carolina Panthers. AP

The Panthers have re-signed reserve linebacker and special teams regular Ben Jacobs, who was the team’s only exclusive-rights free agent.

Jacobs, an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State in 2014, will be a restricted free agent after the 2016 season.

Jacobs has played in all 32 regular-season games since joining the Panthers. He led the team with nine special teams tackles in 2014, and had eight stops on special teams last season.

Jacobs enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame during the Panthers’ Super Bowl run when the Observer profiled Jacobs’ practice of Creedbombing, a twist on photobombing in which Jacobs and tight end Greg Olsen would sing a lyric from the ’90s band within earshot of unsuspecting teammates, fans or media members.

Creed frontman Scott Stapp later told the Observer he became a Panthers fan when he learned about their Creedbombing.