Panthers practice with Spartanburg High Vikings at training camp Thursday

Carolina Panthers' Mike Tolbert, right, greets members of the Spartanburg High School football team during an NFL training camp practice in Spartanburg, S.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The high school participated in pre-practice stretching with the Panthers and held their own practice on an adjacent field. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

It’s a first for the NFL, according to Spartanburg Athletic Director Todd Staley, the Carolina Panthers practiced with the Spartanburg High Vikings Thursday from 9-11:25 am.

The Vikings have a connection to Wofford as they play their home games at the school’s Gibbs Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers have held training camp at Wofford since 1995 and the team ended the 2015 season after playing in Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos.

Viking’s Coach Chris Miller said he was excited to get the call from the Panthers organization that they were interested in sharing the field with his players.

“As a player or coach this is the ultimate dream. You know growing up, this is what you wanted to do in our profession and to be on the field with the guys who have made it to the top, we will be out there with them and we will also be out there working on our stuff we will have a good time,” Miller said.

Linebacker Reggie Anderson and quarterback WIlliam Yex joined 7 News Daybreak saying they were thrilled to be able to stand on the same field with players like Luke Kuechly and Cam Newton.

Staley said the teams will stretch and meet together at the beginning of practice, separate and run their normal drills and meet up at the end of practice again.

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