Carolina Panthers Hire Dan Morgan as Assistant GM

The Carolina Panthers announced Saturday that Dan Morgan is bringing his career full circle — he's taking a job with the team that launched his professional playing career.

Morgan was drafted No. 11 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Panthers, and on Saturday, the team announced the now 42-year-old Morgan will be their new assistant general manager.

He played middle linebacker from 2001 to 2007 and helped lead a defensive turnaround that took the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Morgan went on to take a personnel role with the Seattle Seahawks, and most recently, working as the director of player personnel with the Buffalo Bills.

"The 18 tackles against the Patriots in the Super Bowl were near the top of that list, but he was instrumental in the team going from last in the league in defense in 2001 to second in the league in 2003,"'s Darin Gantt reports. "He was also named to All-Pro in 2004, and went to the Pro Bowl that year, but injuries began to stack up, cutting a bright career short. He retired as a player in 2008."

Morgan was also recently voted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his standout career at Miami.

In his final season, Morgan helped lead the team to an 11-1 record and a Sugar Bowl victory. He finished his collegiate career with the Big East record for most career tackles with 532.

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