The art of celebrating a touchdown
Posted Nov. 15 at 02:04 PM
Mike Klis has an interesting story in Friday’s edition of The Denver Post. In discussing Brandon Marshall’s aborted end zone celebration at Cleveland – his black/white glove tribute to Barack Obama – Klis lists what he feels are the top 10 end zone celebrations of all time.
I like the choice of Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s leg wobble as No. 1. Johnson was on the cutting edge – about 10 years ahead of his time. He was probably the first guy to do anything special beyond the standard spike.
But there are some misses on the Klis list. Chad Johnson’s Irish Jig? I don’t think that’s even in the Ocho Cinco top 5. Definitely would come in behind his marriage proposal, his Tiger Woods tribute and his hidden banner – “Dear NFL: Please Don’t Fine Me Again.” And I don’t think the leap frog deal of the Saints is in the top 40 of all-time.
There really ought to be two lists. One would document regular, repeated, signature celebrations – Lambeau Leap, Mile High Salute, Ickey Shuffle, Dirty Bird, dunking over the goalposts, etc. Because it was the first, I suppose the Spike would have to be in the top 3. I see at one website that Homer Jones of the Giants was the first guy to spike a football – 1965.
But then there should be a second list for single-use celebrations – moments that occurred at single games, never to be repeated again. On that list, my top 10 definitely would include Randy Moss’s “Full Moon Over Lambeau”, Terrell Owens’ pulling a Sharpie out of his sock in Seattle, Joe Horn’s cellphone, Steve Smith putting a diaper on the ball, Keith Byars making a snow angel in a Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas, and (also at Texas Stadium), Owens dropping the ball in a Salvation Army charity bucket.
Klis article appears at The Denver Post website.
An interesting topic to debate. In your opinion, what end zone celebrations have been the best of all time?
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