Top 5 NFL Touchdown Celebrations, Part I

Top 5 NFL Touchdown Celebrations, Part I

This first of two Segment Examines the Best Recurring Celebrations of Individual Players

Touchdown celebrations are part of the game. While you can’t get any extra points for a well-executed dance or a rather high leap into the stands at Lambeau Field, you can be made famous by them. Here we count down the best post-score celebrations that NFL players are known for. Part two features recurring team celebrations.

5. Ball Flip - LaDainian Tomlinson

This five-time Pro Bowler is known for being one of the best running-backs in NFL history. Over 13,000 yards, Tomlinson is the fifth highest all-time leading rusher and holds the single season rushing touchdown record of 28.

After running into the end zone with a touchdown, something he did 145 times in his career, Tomlinson would hold the back of his head with one hand and flip the football out of the hand he was carrying it in. Not very clever maybe, but it is definitely one of the most well-recognized celebrations from the NFL.

4. High Step - Deion Sanders

Despite being a cornerback, the two-time Super Bowl champion and hall of famer had his chances for the end zone. Sanders played 16 seasons in the NFL with five different teams. He made eight Pro Bowls and was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. He intercepted 53 passes, bringing 10 to the house.

Sanders, who ranks 24th all time in picks, would sometimes begin his celebration before his scored the touchdown. He would literally high step by bringing his knees up to his chest while running into the end zone or after getting the six points. Not only did teams fear throwing his way downfield, but were worried they’d get the Sanders high step thrown their way.

3. The Ickey Shuffle - Ickey Woods

This iconic celebration comes from an unfortunate career for Ickey Woods. The all-pro running back played only three season from 1988 to 1991 because of injuries. However, the former all-pro did manage 27 touchdowns in those seasons, ones he took full advantage of.

For those who don’t know, the Ickey Shuffle is difficult to explain. It had an interesting mix of approval and disapproval in the NFL, and the officials eventually forced him to perform it away from the end zone. Woods would shuffle his legs on either side, hop on one leg three times, then spike the ball.

The shuffle was the inspiration for the excessive celebration rule, but has inspired use of it in many forms of pop culture including a Geico commercial in 2014 with an appearance from Woods himself, performing the routine.

2. The Funky Chicken - Billy “White Shoes” Johnson

Billy Johnson, earning his nickname for wearing bright white shoes which were uncommon when he played, 1974-88, had a decent career as a wide receiver but earned his fame as a return specialist. Johnson, a 15th round draft pick, scored eight return touchdowns and ranks 12th all-time in that category.

Along with 25 receiving touchdowns, as a celebration Johnson would bring continually bring his knees together and apart while hanging his arms in the air. This became known as “The Funky Chicken,” and is part of what made Johnson, along with his white shoes, famous in the NFL.

1. Salsa - Victor Cruz

The only active player on this list, and we haven’t seen the salsa since September of 2014. Victor Cruz’s season was done last season by week 6, and a new injury during preseason of this year has taken him for the duration of 2015-16.

In Cruz’s first three seasons as a starter, he caught over 70 passes and earned over 1,000 yards in the first two - he was two yards shy in the third. He has also impressed us with 24 touchdowns and his famous celebration that follows.

Like any solo salsa, Cruz moves his hips and feets in a clearly dancing motion. Cruz is still relatively young in this league, but his touchdown celebration is easily the most known and most beloved for he sheer smoothness when executing it.

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10 Struggles That Make Any Skier's Day Go Downhill Fast

Whether it be the harsh cold or long lines to get on the lift, every skier complains a little.

Ah, you can only hope the first snowfall is in late November so you can kick-start your ski season. You pray the season extends until March so you can get in as much Spring skiing in as possible. At the start of each season, every skier pulls all their gear out of storage and checks to ensure all their equipment is still in good condition. The sheer sight of seeing the equipment gets any skier hyped for the season.

The time frame for each ski season seems to shrink every year as schedules get busier and it is challenging to find a weekend to make the trip. Similar to anything in life, all good things come with a few downsides. Whether it be the harsh cold or long lines to get on the lift, every skier complains a little.

However, dedicated skiers will do anything for FRESH POWDER!!!!

1. Walking in ski boots.

It is common knowledge that snowboarding boots are so much more comfortable than ski boots. Skiers get the short end of the stick for this one. Walking in ski boots all day puts your body in a permanent forward tilt and makes it hard for one to complete simple tasks such as walking up the stairs. Not to mention, physically putting on ski boots is an exercise within itself.

Once you buckle the last buckle on your ski boots, you sign a contract of discomfort. You have signed up for a day of your shins being strangled! But, the best part is taking your ski boots off at the end of the day. You can practically hear your feet saying, "THANK YOU!"

2. The price of tickets and equipment

Skiing is often referred to as an expensive sport. First, you have to pay for the equipment. The expensive prices of skis, ski boots, ski socks, snow pants, a winter jacket, goggles, helmet and neck warmer add up to a hefty price. I often joke that my ski outfit is the most expensive outfit I will ever wear.

Next, you must pay for tickets. At bigger mountains, a day pass can range between $80-$200 depending on the day. Then, you get sucked into everything the ski resort has to offer. You may get carried away by the Waffle Cabin or mountain coaster.

Lastly, lunch is the best part of the day. When your stomach is rumbling on the mountain, it is such a rewarding break to rest in the lodge. Ski resorts take advantage of the fact that the lodge is the only food place in a close proximity. Therefore, they jack up the prices of food. Before you know it, a soda, slice of pizza and bag of chips is $20.

3. When the view is so beautiful that you get distracted and fall on your face.

If you're in a good location like Vermont or Colorado, the views are absolutely breathtaking. Whether you are skiing down a trail or on top of the mountain, the beauty can be distracting. This positive distraction may lead skiers to fall flat on their face in embarrassment. Pro tip: do not try to take pictures/selfies while skiing.

4. Encountering a "Jerry of the day"

The worst type of skier... the Jerry. They are the skiers who wear flashy outfits as they try to bring attention to their weak tricks. Jerry's are skiers who think they are hot sh*t, but sadly, their confidence is all in their head. Normally, they wipe out after attempting a stunt and looking stupid on the mountain.

5. Goggle gap

The space between your goggles and helmet/hat is SACRED! That small sliver is skin should be a necessity to cover. That half inch of skin exposed on your face is called the "goggle gap" and should be avoided AT ALL COSTS! It can be easily burnt by wind or bitten by frost. Let's let the 2019 season be the end of goggle gap. Make sure your helmet and goggles fit together well!

6. Long lift lines

The worst sight on your first run of the day is a long line at the lifts. Waiting in lines all day takes the enjoyment out of skiing. Long lines cut into precious POWDER TIME! That is why it is important to try to stay away from the bottom of the mountain all day. I usually take the main lift up to the top of the mountain once and just use smaller lifts at the top of the mountain for the rest of the day.

7. Wind

This GIF accurately describes every skier's face as they glide down the mountain and get pelted with the wind. Not only is wind painful enough itself, but, it often throws around snow and ice in your face. At the top of any mountain, the wind is usually howling and makes the temperature feel a lot colder than it actually is.

8. Moguls

Maybe this one is just me. Whenever I see moguls, I STAY AWAY. I would much rather fly down a nice smooth trail than get bumped around by big humps in the snow. Once you get stuck in moguls, you get tossed around until you are finally free on an open trail.

9. Getting cut off

Getting "cut off" by other skiers is the worst feeling because you do not have time to yell at them. Similar to road rage, you will most likely not encounter the person again so you keep all the anger inside of you and try to move along with your day. Trying to avoid people while skiing proves to be a hassle when people come zipping from behind you. Peripheral vision goggles need to be an invention ASAP.

10. The flat stretch in a trail

Your flying down a nice steep trail and then all of the sudden it curves to the left and the trail becomes completely flat! You try a variety of different techniques to overcome this flat spot in the trail. You may rely on your poles to propel you forward, do that awkward shimmy thing or try to actually walk in the skis. Whatever technique you use, there is no easy way to overcome an annoying flat part.

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This Is What Going To A Basketball School Is REALLY Like

How many times can you say "Boiler Up"?

It's the most wonderful time of the year. March Madness. It's time to complete brackets, pick the upsets, and cheer for your school. For me, that is Purdue University. This year's tournament is my first as a college student at Purdue. As a student at a "basketball school", here are a few things that set Purdue apart from other schools.

When you see the basketball team on campus, you might freak out a little bit.

Whether this is seeing them in a class or walking out of a building, you may get caught off guard. Many people snapchat players at local restaurants including Five Guys, Subway, and Chipotle.

Everyone wants tickets.

Purdue basketball games are very popular, this past season having every game sold out. The Paint Crew (Purdue's student section) is sold out within a few weeks and is always packed every game.

If you want good seats, get there early.

It isn't a surprise if both sides of the Paint Crew are full 45 minutes before tip off, especially with a good match up game. People love their Purdue basketball and will wait for hours to get good seats and places in Mackey!

Homework and Tests can wait.

Have homework due at midnight? You still go to the game. Have a test at 7:30am tomorrow? You still go to the game. Seeing a Purdue win counts as a study break right?

The Boilermaker Special is always running.

The Boilermaker Special (Purdue's mascot train) runs around campus before and after games, even when the Boilers are away. More times than not, if the train is running, there was probably a game that night.

You have PBSD (Post Basketball Season Depression)

After the last game in Mackey for the year wraps up, students already can't wait for November to return. But until then, let's root for our Boilers in March!


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