Reigning NBA MVP and lifelong Carolina Panthers fan Stephen Curry banged the “Keep Pounding” drum before Super Bowl 50.
Curry, who was a star at Charlotte Christian and Davidson before becoming the league MVP, got to Levi’s Stadium just before noon. He has his No. 30 jersey at an honorary locker between Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. He pulled out a giant drumstick 17 minutes before kickoff as the Panthers ran onto the field.
The Panthers also watched an encouraging video message from Curry on Saturday morning leading up to Super Bowl 50, according to a team source.
“Any time you get that first championship, for players that would probably be a double sense of pride,” Curry told reporters this week. “Most of them are going to get their first, but also to do it the first time in franchise history.”
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Curry banged the drum earlier this season before the Panthers beat the Houston Texans in Week 2.
Curry’s family has had Panthers season tickets since the team’s debut season, when they played home games at Clemson. The Currys made the commute to South Carolina for each of those games. The Curry family has also become friends with Panthers coach Ron Rivera’s family.
About an hour before Super Bowl kickoff, Curry tweeted out his thanks to the Panthers: “Man. Can’t thank the @Panthers enough! #keeppounding”