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Q&A: Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert celebrates his touchdown against New Orleans with the Carlton, a dance made popular on the TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert celebrates his touchdown against New Orleans with the Carlton, a dance made popular on the TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” AP

Ten questions about life off the field with Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert.

Q. After your dance in New Orleans, did you hear from the actor who played Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?”

A. I did. He hit me on Twitter. I said, “Hopefully I made you proud.” He said, “You definitely did.”

Q. Is there some kind of marketing thing you can do with him down the road?

A. I don’t know. We’ll explore it and see.

Q. Have you already started working on your next dance? Another tribute to the 80s or 90s?

A. I haven’t thought about it. The last one came from Jonathan (Stewart). He was like, “Hey, you know what you should do if you score again? You should do the Carlton.” I was like, “OK.”

Q. Have other guys suggested dances for you?

A. No, not really. Stew’s the only one who really wants me to do stuff.

Q. He’s the only one who appreciates your artistry?

A. He’s not the only one who appreciates it. But he’s the only one that requests. When I did the Gangnam Style (in 2013), he asked for that one. He asks for a lot of stuff. Sometimes I deliver, sometimes I don’t.

Q. You grew up outside Atlanta. Do you trace your dancing roots to the ATL?

A. Absolutely. From growing up popping and locking, ticking, walking it out, Rag Top, Bankhead Bounce, all that stuff. We had a good time with it.

Q. When you were in high school, where was the place to go to dance?

A. When I was in high school we did a lot of going to the skating rink, Cascade skating rink.

Q. For dances, right?

A: It was just like a big party. A lot of high school cats went there. We’d go up to a spot called Pool Palace to dance there. Club Chocolate, that was 18-and-over. We had good times.

Q. Does your wife like to dance, too?

A. She loves to dance. She hates to do it in public. But she loves to dance.

Q. Any chance you might hear from Dancing With the Stars?

A. I haven’t heard from them. But I’d be happy to do it, if my time permits. It seems like it would be fun.

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