Carolina Panthers safety Jeremy Chinn kicked off his 2022 jersey campaign last week, donning the No. 20 of former safety Kurt Coleman into the preseason finale against the Buffalo Bills. Today, the regular season show begins.
And the third-year defensive back began that portion with one of the best defenders the game of basketball has ever seen at the point guard position—Chris Paul.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 11, 2022
Paul was born on May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, N.C. After attending West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., a stay which included the honor of being named North Carolina Mr. Basketball in 2003, he went on to play a pair of seasons at nearby Wake Forest University.
There, he’d average 15.0 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest. Paul was selected as the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2004, earned a consensus first-team All-American nod in 2005 and would later have his No. 3 retired by the Demon Deacons.
A prolific professional career, of course, would follow—as Paul has pieced together a surefire Hall-of-Fame résumé over 17 NBA seasons.
As is the case with every jersey he wears into Bank of America Stadium, Chinn will have the threads auctioned off for charity.