The Carolina Panthers announced their 2019 Hall of Honor Class this week and the four-member group includes a quarterback, wide receiver, tight end and an offensive tackle-turned farmer.
Jake Delhomme is the QB; Steve Smith, Sr. the WR; Wesley Walls the TE; and… Jordan Gross the tackle who now is the owner of the Little Buddy Farm in Fruitland, Idaho.
“I was in my barn when Mr. Tepper called me with the good news,” Gross says of Panthers owner David Tepper. “My hands were all dirty in potting soil. I had to stop everything to take his call. If those tomatoes don’t turn out, I’m blaming it all on him.”
Losing some tomatoes will be a small price to pay for three-time Pro Bowler Gross who was a first-round pick in the 2003 Draft. He subsequently played in 167 of a possible 176 regular season games during an 11-year Panthers career that ended in 2013.
his wife Dana and their children then moved back to his native Idaho and
started the family-owned and operated transitional organic Little Buddy Farm.
(For more on Jordan’s family and new career, click here.)
The 2019 Class will be inducted during a game this season. The four
new members will join the late Sam Mills as the only five players in the
Panthers Hall of Honor.
Congrats to all!