Sam Mills Statueby The Biscuit Staff on September 3, 2019
Sam Mills may have passed away in 2005, but his example and legacy continue to stand taller than any building here in Charlotte. As a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, Mills excited everyone watching from the stands. But, it was his courage and poise in the face of a cancer diagnosis that left a truly indelible mark on this city. Walking around Uptown on Sept. 1, 2019 — the morning of the inaugural Around the Crown 10K — we were drawn to his statue (sculpted by Todd Andrews), standing proudly against the skyline by Bank of America Stadium. His charge to his fellow Panthers, “Keep Pounding,” has become a rallying cry for the Queen City and a reminder to never give up on the challenges that define us as people and as a city.
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