The touchdown dance has long been a staple of the National Football League. Long before players like Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, and Steve Smith, NFL players were conducting their own touchdown dances. Often times it was a simple spike of the ball, or a team handshake, but nothing with too much pizzazz.
Once the aforementioned players got their chance to shine, however, they revolutionized the post score celebration by adding their own unique flair to the dance. Owens once infamously took a sharpie from his cleat, signed the football he had just scored with, and gave it to a fan. Smith had a plethora of techniques, but some of his classics were rowing an invisible kayak as well as fencing with the football. Chad Johnson may be the most legendary of them all, utilizing the riverdance, and once donning a fake Hall of Fame jacket after a touchdown.
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While wide receivers would enact some funky dance, tight ends would usually dunk the ball over the field goal post, in a celebration that has now been banned by the NFL.
Last season, a new face in the touchdown dance scene arrived when Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria showed off his moves, much to the delight of Lions’ and football fans around the globe.
Today, thanks to Sports Illustrated, Fauria is the centerpiece of an instructional video taking you through the history of the touchdown dance. Check out the video below: