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Panthers FB Mike Tolbert keeps the good locker room vibes coming

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert smiles as he responds to a reporter’s question during an interview at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on July 31, 2015.
Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert smiles as he responds to a reporter’s question during an interview at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on July 31, 2015. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert embraces his role in helping maintain good vibes in the locker room as the team’s unofficial DJ. It’s among the positions that’s earned him a number of nicknames, including one from the team’s owner.

“DJ Spick-and-Span, keeping it nice and clean around here,” Tolbert said of the nickname he came up with for himself.

He has a few sets of portable speakers in the locker room that he’ll bring to away games as well, playing anything from hip-hop to country depending on what he deems necessary for his teammates at the time.

“I can feel the vibe of the team,” Tolbert said. “If everyone needs a little pick-me-up, I can do that. If everybody’s a little tense, I can calm them down,” Tolbert said.

Other names the fun-loving fullback will respond to include “M-Train,” “Toldozer,” and “Butterball.”

“That’s what Mr. Richardson calls me,” Tolbert said, referring to owner Jerry Richardson.

And what does Butterball mean? I asked.

“I don’t know, you’ll have to ask him,” Tolbert said of the notoriously quiet owner.

On a more serious note, Tolbert said that the team is focused on their first playoff game despite the first round bye this week.

“We know we have unfinished business,” Tolbert said. “Nobody’s going out of town. We’re here, we’re ready to win.”

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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