The fun is over.
As reported by ESPN, during an interview with WFZN-AM radio’s “The Mac Attack” show in Charlotte on Thursday, Carolina Panthers quarterback, and 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton stated that he will not be doing his famous ‘dab’ touchdown celebration this upcoming season. When Newton was asked whether or not he would be doing the dab in 2016, he responded with “I have to put that aside.” And when asked what he would be doing in place of the dab, Newton stated: “I have until September to find out.”
Cam Newton’s dab routine was all the hype during the 2015 NFL season, as the dance move became extremely popular all around the country after Newton began doing it in Carolina’s 27-23 week six victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Following the win in Seattle, Newton continued to do the dab following touchdown runs/passes and picking up first downs throughout the remainder of the 2015 NFL season. While the dance move did create some controversy between Newton and members of the Tennessee Titans and fans from around the league, Newton’s dabbing made the dance extremely popular all over the world, and quickly, people of all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds followed in the footsteps of Cam Newton and started doing the Atlanta-based dance on a daily basis.
Hilary Clinton (*rolls eyes*)
Watch Hilary Clinton dab hahahhttps://t.co/KJFLT53E6P
— ＦＲＡî☪ＨＥ (@JamieFraiche) January 11, 2016
Clemson Quarterback, Deshaun Watson
College Coaches Everywhere
College coaches love to dab. Some do it better than others.https://t.co/zbUUE1q1j2
— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 29, 2015
Von Miller tells Stephen Colbert he’s gotta dab on em, and gets Jim Nantz to do it pic.twitter.com/gW46ORhFRq
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 8, 2016
The dab was fun while it lasted, but it was only a matter of time until Cam Newton was forced to come up with some more original material. First, it was the Super Man gesture, then, it was the dab. Neither the Super Man or the dab were able to bring Cam Newton a Super Bowl Championship, and after Newton stormed out of his post-Super Bowl press conference, he took a lot of heat. Maybe, the retirement of the dab is a sign that Cam Newton is maturing? Or maybe, he is just going to try and find a new way to celebrate touchdowns and start a new trend that will anger some people. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what Cam Newton does when he flies into the end zone for the first time in 2016. RIP to the dab.