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Former Carolina Panthers offensive line coach dies after long NFL career

Mike Maser’s long NFL career included several seasons as offensive line coach with the Carolina Panthers.
Mike Maser’s long NFL career included several seasons as offensive line coach with the Carolina Panthers. Observer Staff File Photo

An offensive line coach who worked with the Carolina Panthers during their first decade as a team has died, according to a message posted on the team’s website.

Mike Maser coached the team’s offensive line from 2003 to 2006, “a time in which the franchise made its first Super Bowl appearance (2003) and advanced to another NFC Championship game (2005),” the team said in a release.

Maser, 72, had more than three decades of experience at the college and pro level, including eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kevin Donnalley, formerly an offensive guard for the Panthers, started for the team under Masur’s guidance for the 2003 Super Bowl season.

“Coach Maser was one of the best coaches I got to work with in my 13 years in the NFL,” Donnalley said in an interview Tuesday. “He was instrumental to the offensive success of the 2003 Super Bowl team. He was a tremendous teacher who brought out the best in his players. I am forever grateful for his leadership and faith in me, even as my career was coming to an end.”

After leaving the Panthers in 2006, he was hired to be offensive line coach by the Miami Dolphins for their 2008 season.

“Maser’s longest coaching tenure was with Boston College, where he worked with the O-line from 1981-93,” the Panthers’ website said. “Maser played guard at the University of Buffalo and he earned his Master’s degree in physical education from Marshall before getting into coaching.”

Maser had a resume “filled with success stories,” according to Bleacher Report, and had “a record of developing young linemen and of producing units that create lanes for the running backs and time for the quarterbacks.”

Charlotte Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler contributed to this report.

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