Minter and Rucker serving as Carolina's captains

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nice call by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, inviting recently-retired players Mike Rucker and Mike Minter to serve as honorary captains before tonight's game.

Minter and Rucker spent their entire careers with the Panthers and still live in Charlotte, where both are extremely active in the community. Minter and Rucker went through as much as anyone (except for kicker John Kasay) while the team went through some majors ups and downs during their careers and they always handled themselves with class.