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Panthers players say 'thanks' to 95-year-old who went viral with Dab photo

The original photo of Mary Ward that went viral after Thanksgiving. The original photo of Mary Ward that went viral after Thanksgiving.

Some defensive players for the Carolina Panthers are saying "thanks" to a 95-year-old Panthers fan who went viral after Thanksgiving for her now famous 'Dab.'

Mary Ward was watching the Panthers play the Dallas Cowboys game with family on Thanksgiving and her grandson taught her the popular dance pose.

The pose has been made famous by many high profile people, including Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton, who often makes the gesture after a touchdown.

He posted the photo on Facebook and his girlfriend tweeted it.  The photo went viral, being featured by many media outlets, including ESPN and our own "Good News" with Kristen Hampton.

"I don't understand why all these people keep calling me, but it's kind of cool," said the 95-year-old Lincoln County native.

The 95-year-old says she's been a fan of the Panthers since their inaugural season in 1995.

"I've missed a few games but I've seen all the big ones," Mary said, adding that last week's game against New Orleans never had her worried. "I asked God for some kind of miracle and it worked."

Thursday evening, several members of the Panthers' defense posted a photo online to say "thanks" to Ward.

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Defensive end Charles Johnson posted a photo on Instagram saying "we had to represent for the 95 year old beautiful lady that showed us how to do it."

Johnson is seen in the picture dabbing with defensive ends Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, Jared Allen and defensive tackle Kawann Short. 

The group is wearing a shirt by ENDZONEfans that have "Dab on 'em" on the sleeve.

Hampton showed Ward the photo Friday morning.

"Thank ya," she chuckled. "He could have left the 'beautiful' off, but I am 95."

"I think it's wonderful, mighty sweet of them," she added. "And thoughty, too. Anything good makes you happy.

Ward has said she didn't expect all the attention when she simply obliged her grandson's request to take a picture while she 'dabbed.'

She told WBTV Wednesday that she wasn't going to do any more interviews about the viral picture because she needed to practice her dab for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.


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