Christian Bottger, 10, of Largo, Fla., has been dancing his way into the hearts of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans all season and has earned the moniker of "Little Fear" thanks to his partnership with team mascot "Captain Fear." The clip of his moves from the Nov. 25 game against Atlanta began trending this past week, earned national coverage and caught the eye of the producers of NBC's "Today" show, where Christian made an appearance Tuesday.
Bottger went live in front of more than 65,000 fans with his "Gangnam Style" moves during the Buccaneers' Sept. 30 game against the Washington and he showed off even more moves during Tampa Bay's Oct. 21 Throwback Game against New Orleans, when Bottger and the Bucs' dancers transformed from "Gangnam Style" to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. He then took to dancing the "Dougie" (from "Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District) -- learning it after just two days of practice -- and wearing the No. 22 jersey in honor of Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin.
Tuesday, Bottger appeared very much to be enjoying his newfound fame when asked about it by Matt Lauer.
"Let me think ..." Christian said while nodding toward Bucs cheerleaders on the Plaza in New York. Christian's performance of "Gangnam Style" and "The Dougie" on the Plaza was flawless. He even danced during a performance of Bruno Mars. Lauren, one of the Bucs' cheerleaders, admits that Christian upstages the cheerleaders during his performances but added "we love having him with us."
And who wouldn't?
Bottger, the son of Buccaneers video production manager Ed Bottger, performed during the Bucs' games against Atlanta and again Sunday against Philadelphia, earning huge ovations and appearances during the Fox broadcast of each game.
Bottger, who started dancing at age 5 and dances six times a week, has two older sisters, Brandi and Ashley, who dance competitively. "I think I could be a real professional dancer," he told Buccaneers.com.
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