John Kasay officially retires as a Carolina Panther

The last original Carolina Panther has decided to hang up his cleats for the last time.

Former kicker John Kasay signed a one-day contract to retire with Carolina on Tuesday.

The Panthers held a special retirement reception on Tuesday for Kasay.

“The reason I wanted to do this is simply because I can’t right 70,000 thank you notes,” Kasay said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I wished that I could, but this is my feeble attempt to tell everybody thank you. You guys have had a huge impact on my life. I just really appreciate that. I wish I could express in words how good you guys have all been to me. It’s fun to be able to step back here with a lot of good memories and just say thank you very much.”

Kasay is only one of seven kickers in the history of the NFL to record 400 or more field goals in his playing career.

He was signed by the Panthers before their inaugural season in 1995 after playing four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Kasay remained with Carolina through the 2010 season before being released.

He remains the Panthers all-time leader in scoring (1,482 points) and holds 20 team records in his 221 games with Carolina's NFL franchise, including 351 field goals and 429 extra points made.

Kasay said during the press conference that he will serve as the
athletic director and an assistant coach football at Charlotte Christian.