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Ding-Dong the Dab is Dead

This is not the most important news you'll read today. But alas ...

The dab is dead. At least, for the guy who helped turn it into a pop culture phenomenon.

"I have to put that aside," Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told WFNZ's Chris McClain and Jim Celania in an interview that aired Thursday morning.

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Appearing on 'The Mac Attack' to promote Friday's KICK IT WITH CAM! celebrity kickball tournament, Newton said he's ditching the dab for a TBD touchdown celebration in 2016:

"I have time. I have until September to find out."

Newton is gradually working his way back into the spotlight after the fallout from his post-Super Bowl press conference. He hasn't made himself available to Panthers media this offseason, but he is expected to meet with reporters during next week's minicamp.

Newton's silence since the Super Bowl means, four months later, he'll face questions about what happened afterward. It's what Robin Roberts led with during Newton's appearance Wednesday on "Good Morning America," and it of course came up with McClain and Celania.

"I have to remind people, don't judge nothing if you have never been in that situation," Newton said.

"I'm not saying what I did was right, I'm not saying what I did is wrong, but I just want people to see it from my vantage point. I've learned from it, no doubt I've learned from it."

Newton hasn't gone back to watch how he handled that night back in February, but he has talked with many about it, including his father. 

That Cecil Newton is one of his son's biggest influencers isn't anything new, but the story of how he indirectly introduced Cam Newton to another of his mentors is.

"When I was 7- or 8-years-old, I would always hear people mistake my father for Muhammad Ali," he told McClain and Celania. "'Oh my God, do you know you look just like Muhammad?' He was like, 'Yes, my name's Cecil Ali.'"

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20 years later, and two days after Ali's death, Cam Newton shared his favorite memory of "The Greatest" with The Players' Tribune. If there was no Ali, there's a good chance the dab would never have been seen outside Atlanta.

"As I started doing research, I fell in love with that person, I fell in love with his competitive nature, I fell in love with his wittiness, I fell in love with his charisma, I fell in love with his crowd control, I fell in love with his work ethic," Newton said. "And whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect him.

"It started as boxing for him, but his legacy lives far greater than the boxing ring could ever extend."

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