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What fuels the Toldozer? We asked Panthers FB Mike Tolbert 3 questions

dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

You’ve seen him throw blocks, run over would-be tacklers and rumble into the end zone as the durable and dependable power running back for the Carolina Panthers. You may have even seen him do a little dance.

There’s much more to Mike Tolbert.

Mike Tolbert
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In our latest informal self-assessment, C5 sits down with the “TolDozer” to catch a rare, quick glimpse of his personal side by asking three questions:

(1) What are you reading?

(2) What are you listening to?

(3) What are you watching?

We will take the answers to these three questions and find the meaning, theme or message.

Here we go.

What are you reading?

I am reading the inspirational book “Cover Her,” by Roderick Hairston. This book teaches men how to treat women who are near and dear to you – physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

They should feel safe in your presence. It is about men and their responsibility.

The author is a former chaplain for the Baltimore Ravens. I also keep up on social media every day.

  Channeling my inner @jonathanstewar1….. #hulksmash #RBsSmash if u grind u never get behind. Cnt wait for July 30th. #pantherpride #keeppounding @panthers   A photo posted by Mike Tolbert (@yogidagreat35) on Jul 7, 2015 at 10:45am PDT

What are you listening to?

I am old school. I love listening to classic artists, like The Temptations, B.B. King and Sammy Davis, Jr.

I am really an old soul. They did it right back then. I do listen to some hip-hop, mostly Nas, Kevin Gates and T.I.

I am always surfing on Pandora. I also listen to pop music and gospel music.

What are you watching?

I am a HUGE “Criminal Minds” fan. I wish that show came on twice a week!

I also watch “NCIS: Los Angeles.” I love a good crime drama.

I watch the Golf Channel. I know that may sound crazy because I don’t play golf but I love watching it.

I watch ESPN SportsCenter. I like to catch the comedy improv show, “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out.” I will also watch any movie on The Movie Channel.

So what does all of this mean about Tolbert? 

“I think it means that I am a family man who is diverse in all aspects of life,” he said. “I am interested in being a better person every day. It is very important to do things the right way. Rules and structure do matter.”

Thanks for the insight, Mike. Here’s to a successful and healthy 2015 season with the Panthers.

Photos: David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer; AP.


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