What is Dab Dancing and Why are Athletes Doing It

What is dab dancing?

Dabbing is stuff stoners like, man. If you love weed you’ve dabbed before. Now, it’s all over sports. No dude, players aren’t looking to dab marijuana on the field or grabbing a quick weed dab during half time—they’re dancing the dab. In fact we’ve noticed a ton of athletes doing the dab dance—from  LeBron James to Cam Newton. Apparently Sports Illustrated also noticed the “dab” dance pop up all over the NFL too. They claim not a single dab dance moved the needle more than Cam Newton’s which the claim helped kickstart a national dab dance movement that’s still going strong.

Newton did the dab dance for eight seconds after a late touchdown against the Titans, and danced for eight seconds back in November. When two Titans players confronted him about the dab dance celebration he continued to dance in their faces, even as he backed away. Wonder if we’ll see some dab dancing during the playoffs or the upcoming Superbowl 50.

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SI says that the dab dance originated over the summer in Atlanta with rap group Migos. It caught on when Future and producer Metro Boomin’ were seen dabbing. The dance is pretty simple; one leans in to their elbow like they’re sneezing. That’s it, literally.

Without further ado, here’s a brief history of the dab dance:

The first football dab appears to be from Sept. 13, when Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill scored in a Week 1 game against the Oakland Raiders.

Another Bengals player, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, celebrated with a dab on Oct. 4.

LeBron James dabbed before a preseason game on Oct. 5.


Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell, broke out a double dab on Oct. 12.

Cam Newton’s first known in-game dab came after a touchdown in an Oct. 18 win over the Seahawks.

​Lorenzo Cain dabbed after a stolen base in Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 27


Then, things began to pick up steam. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney dabbed after a win over Florida State on Nov. 7, and became Dabbin’ Swinney.


Week 10 in the NFL featured tons of dabbin’ — Newton’s was the most prominent, but Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito may have been the best:


​On Nov. 28, longtime Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer hit the dab, as did Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

On Dec. 20, during a game filled with trash talk and dustups, Odell Beckham mocked Cam Newton’s dab:


When the Falcons finally handed the Panthers their first loss in Week 16, Falcons owner Arthur Blank did the dance:


The Redskins clinched the NFC East, and general manager Scot McCloughan dabbed.

In what was maybe the best dab of all time, Chiefs coach Andy Reid raised one finger in the air as he dabbed, celebrating the team clinching a playoff spot.


And of course the dab dance has nothing to do with weed. According to the creators of the dance, you don’t do the dab, you feel the dab. Believe us—if you dab weed you will definitely feel it.

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