NBA Champ and Charlotte native Steph Curry is keeping it tight with his hometown team at Super Bowl 30. A game day tweet from the Panthers shows that pro basketball’s reigning MVP has his own spot in the team’s room, positioned between the lockers of linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly.
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Curry, who grew up in Charlotte while his father, Dell, played for the Charlotte Hornets, will serve as the Panthers’ “Keep Pounding” Drummer before the Super Bowl kicks off. It’s the second time the standout shooter for the Golden State Warriors has performed that role for the Panthers. He previously drummed for the team on September 20 of last year, before Carolina took on the Houston Texans. (As with most games this season, the Panthers won that matchup.)
“Keep Pounding” is a battle cry for the Panthers, and it stems from former Panthers’ player and coach Sam Mills, who used the phrase to fire up his athletes ahead of a 2004 playoff matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The “Keep Pounding” drummer hits a huge drum four times, to signify four quarters. Other drummers this season have included Harriette Thompson, a 92-year-old woman who completed a marathon, and Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter.
Based on the photo posted to Twitter, the Panthers have given Curry his own team jersey. He won’t be the only one wearing a Carolina jersey with the number 30 and Curry on the back. Steph’s wife, Ayesha, posted a video to Instagram in which she’s wearing matching digs while cooking food before the game.