Player Spotlight: FB Mike Tolbert

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In college basketball, a team has 35 seconds to get a shot off.

Phil Neikro and Frank Thomas, of MLB fame, both had their number 35 jerseys retired.

I-35 runs from Texas to Minnesota, and I travel that road every day of my life these days.

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What is the 35th state in the union?

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FB Mike Tolbert

Mike "The Tollbooth" Tolbert is one of the most versatile players in the league. Perhaps it would also be appropriate to call him the Swiss Army Knife of the NFL because of how many different ways he can be used to against the opposition.

If the team needs a critical yard or two on third or fourth down, he can lead block or convert it himself. If the team needs someone to catch a screen pass, he has the soft hands and nimble feet to haul it in and rumble for a few extra yards. If the team needs a guy to punch it in from the goal line, then he'll do that too. How about a game changing tackle on special teams? Check. Dance Moves? I'll let you decide.

When you throw in the fact that Tolbert is a high character guy both inside and outside of the locker room, you begin to understand why the Panthers decided to sign him in 2012. Of course, it didn't hurt that he was also willing to accept a significant pay cut in order to sign with Carolina.

Even though Tolbert didn't have his best season to date in his first year with the Panthers, his value to the team still remains high.

From my perspective, I could easily see Carolina giving  "The Tollbooth" an even greater role this upcoming season based on the fact that running the ball seems to be an early focal point in training camp. If so, I can't wait to see what's in store for the 2013 season. How about you, CSR?

Speaking of nicknames, I think Mike "Mini Fridge" Tolbert is a fitting moniker because he is just a smaller version of the original Refrigerator himself, William Perry. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see "Mini Fridge" dancing to the tune of his own Super Bowl shuffle in the very near future.

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