Former Carolina Panther Kevin Greene Named as a Finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

The finalists for the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced on NFL Network and one former Carolina Panther made the list of 15 Modern-Era Finalists.

The Carolina Panthers currently have two people associated with the franchise in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Reggie White being the first inducted in 2006 and then general manager Bill Polian inducted last year. That list could grow with defensive end Kevin Greene being named one of the 15 Modern Era Finalist.

Greene played 15 seasons in the NFL and he spent three of his last four years in the league with the Panthers. Even though his time in Carolina was at the end of his career, he still was playing at a Pro Bowl level with two selections in his three years with the team.

He had 41.5 sacks over that span and led the league in the category in 1996 and played a major role on a dominant defense that helped the Panthers earn their first playoff appearance. Greene was one of the premier pass rushers in the league and after being out of the league for 15 years still is third all-time in sacks with 160. The closest active player in the league is current Panther' Jared Allen with 136.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection committee will meet the day before the Super Bowl, February 6th, and vote on this list of finalists. To be elected, the finalist will need to receive 80 percent of the votes from the 46-person committee. The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be announced that night during the "NFL Honors" on CBS.

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