New Orleans, LA – Carolina Panthers Fullback Mike Tolbert was honored in a ceremony earlier today by being officially inducted into the Hall of Mediocre Players the Saints Make Look Great, reported a Panthers team spokesman. Tolbert, an undrafted free agent out of Coastal Carolina began his slightly above-average professional career in San Diego in 2008 and seemed a long shot to make the Hall buried on an AFC team who rarely played the NFC South. However, since being acquired by the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent in 2012, Tolbert has been a walking highlight reel against the Saints.
Tolbert was introduced by former teammate and 2014 inductee DeAngelo Williams. “Mike continues a proud tradition of elevating his game to near godlike status only when he plays against the Saints,” said Williams during his induction introduction speech. “Twice a year, Mike shows a stubborn resolve and internal fortitude that the Saints have absolutely no answer for, regardless of how good they are and how bad the Panthers are.”
Tolbert joins other inductees such as Joey Galloway (2008), Chris Chandler (2006), and Flipper Anderson, who holds the NFL record for most receiving yards in a game with 336 against the Saints in 1989, but who did little else during his career. Tolbert attained Hall eligibility in 2012 after scoring 4 of his 7 total touchdowns for that season against the Saints.
“[Tolbert]’s a helluva competitor,” remarked Saints rookie linebacker Stephone Anthony, adding, “against us.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera was reached for comment. “I always make a special note to this sorry team to get up and play harder against the Saints. And Mike really takes that to heart every year. In every other game of the year, he’s very mediocre, vanishing for games at a time, and I guess that’s why it’s important to honor guys like him with this award.”
During his induction speech, Tolbert thanked the players that came before him and said he looks forward to seeing teammates Delvin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin, Jonathan Stewart, Shaq Thompson, Charles Tillman, A.J. Klein and Thomas Davis make it in in the coming years.