From Homer Jones’ first exuberant spiking of the football, to Tim Tebow’s iconic kneel, end-zone celebrations are one of the best parts of watching football. Here are a few of the dances we’ve loved seeing on the field! Read about them first, then watch the montage!
1. Ray Lewis of the Ravens. Ray’s pre-game dance is so iconic, other players have picked it up to celebrate their own victories. Terrell Owens must have been practicing in front of a mirror for months to be ready to break out his version.
2. Jamal Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons and the “Dirty Bird.” A little side-to-side footwork, a couple thrown elbows, and a touch of the Chicken Dance made Anderson’s victory celebration an instant hit in the 1990s.
3. The Bob and Weave – Stepping back in time to 2000, this touchdown jig was made famous by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams would form a circle, crouch down low and then bob around as if they were shadow boxing. Harmless? Yes. Too much for the stickler NFL runners? Yes. The dance was banned due to the “effects celebrations like the Bob and Weave will have on children watching.”
4. Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals spent the 2005 season celebrating his touchdowns with elaborate end-zone dances, like his own version of Riverdance and a fake proposal to one of the cheerleaders. The NFL fined him several weeks in a row for excessive celebration — so he celebrated his next touchdown by holding up a sign reading “Dear NFL, Please don’t fine me AGAIN!!!!!!” Is anyone surprised that the NFL responded by fining him another $10,000?
5. The Merton Hanks “Chicken Dance,” introduced in 1995 during a 49ers vs. Cowboys game, might be the most dangerous looking dance on this list. Don’t football players get whiplash enough as it is? (Apparently Hanks based the dance on one he and his daughter had seen on Sesame Street, performed by Bert and Ernie.)
Here’s a montage of some of the funniest dances out there!
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-Jhonna and Anthea
(Editors Note: Can you believe they left off the Ickey Shuffle?)