Mount Rushmore: NFL Celebrations

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In the midst of the NFL offseason, cover32 debuts a series entitled, Mount Rushmore where various writers list the top 4 for the topic at hand. The Mount Rushmore series comes on the heels of the DoppelgangerRoundtable, and Debate series.

First up, national writer, Ben Pfeifer, gives the Mount Rushmore of NFL celebrations.


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Mount Rushmore is made up of  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln; however, the Mount Rushmore of celebrations features:

NFL Celebrations

With the NFL’s recent rule change providing more lenience to celebrations, this Mount Rushmore seemed appropriate. Celebrations are some of the best parts of football for fans and players; players get to have some fun after a hard earned score, and fans get to enjoy them on social media for weeks to come. We all love a good celebration. Making this list was way harder than I anticipated. There are so many incredible celebrations to choose from. Check out the list of the ones that missed the cut with the link at the bottom.

Cam Newton’s Dab

Newton’s “Superman” celebration was heavily considered, but I felt the dab was more deserving of the spot for a couple reasons. Is the dab less iconic than his Superman celebration? Yes. Is the dab kind of dumb? Sure. But did the dab become an icon in American and to an extent international popular culture mostly thanks to Cam Newton? Most definitely. The effect of the dab is felt on and off the football field. During his 2015 MVP campaign, Newton was dabbing in the end zone quite a bit, 45 times to be exact. And every one of those touchdowns by the most exciting player on the most exciting team was broadcast live, for millions of fans to see and emulate.

Lambeau Leap

The only celebration in NFL history that is absolutely synonymous with its respective franchise, the Packers, is undoubtedly deserving of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. The fact that the leap has stayed legal amongst all of the banned celebrations further proves its impact on the league. It is one of the few instances in professional sports where the players and fans can directly interact, and that is something to be cherished. The Packers have an incredibly high scoring offense led by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, which means there will be no shortages of the Lambeau Leap for a long time in Green Bay.

Terrell Owens Signs the Ball

I was torn between this and Owens’s popcorn celebration, but the creativity of the signing won me over. After scoring a touchdown against the Seahawks in 2002, Owens pulled out a sharpie, yes, a sharpie, and signed the football he just scored with and gave it to Greg Eastman, his financial advisor. No player other than Owens would even think to pull a stunt like this, let alone have the confidence to actually execute his plan. This will go down as the most creative NFL celebration of all time.

Terrell Owens Claims the Star

After I raved about how many incredible celebrations there are to choose from, how could I possibly have the same player on my Mt. Rushmore twice? Well, because there is really no other option. Terrell Owens defiled and disrespected an entire city; not once, but twice! On September 24, 2000, after scoring a touchdown against America’s team, Owens went to the star at midfield and held his arms up. Emmitt Smith later mocked this display, so of course, Owens did it again! Except for this time, he was tackled by Cowboys’ safety George Teague to reclaim the star for the city of Dallas, but Owens just got up and went right back to midfield. This goes down as the greatest celebration of all time in my opinion and marks the should be hall of fame receiver as the best celebrator in NFL history.

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