How to do a touchdown dance? A Tutorial Guide

nfl logoEven if you’re not a diehard fan of watching or betting on professional or college football games, you’ve got to appreciate the creativity and showmanship. Few other sports feature celebratory dances like the NFL.  No one is doing The Funky Chicken after a strikeout in major league baseball.  You won’t see a Serena Williams performing a signature shuffle after she delivers a powerful ace serve.  The NFL announced last May, that they are relaxing their rules again on allowing players to do touchdown dance celebrations again. 


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The relaxed rules aren’t a free for all. Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and celebrations directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.  So here are a few examples of celebrations that will be allowed after scores under the new policy: 

Using the football as a prop after a TD
Celebrating on the ground
Group demonstrations

The sport in which you will find a wide variety of dances is football, especially after a touchdown! A touchdown is a big deal. It’s six whole points. It helps your team win, so it makes sense that so many players who score said touchdown want to celebrate.   

This TD 2 Walk campaign has been inspired by our love of the game and how fun the dances are to raise awareness for people and veterans that suffering from spinal chord injuries.

These celebrations are the thing of legend in the world of football, featuring everything from creative, choreographed movements, to spontaneous, funny outbursts, to the more standard ball spikes and slams. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most iconic NFL TD end zone celebrations in illustrated form for you do.

1) THE FUNKY CHICKEN

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So to get noticed or make a name for yourself in professional sports, you sometimes need come up with a stylistic or signature move. In the 70’s a player named Billie Johnson, who was a skinny punt returner did just that.  Johnson became known for his white cleats and his awesome td dance celebration called “the Funky Chicken”. Cleary it have gotten some inspiration from the 70’s song “Do the Funky Chicken,”  still to this day Johnson’s knee-knocking end zone dance stands the test of time as a fan favorite.

2. THE PRIME TIME HIGH STEP

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Deion Sanders could be named the godfather for pioneering swagger into the game of pro football. Now he was not the first player to high step in the end zone but he took the style of it to another level.  Once he scored and was in the end zone, he kept on dancing.  Some have tried to replicate the Prime Time dance, but it’s tough to mimic the showmanship and attitude that Deion excluded, which gave him the “Prime Time” persona that has led him onto lucrative sponsorship and NFL analyst post-career opportunities.

3. THE DIRTY BIRD

There are those defining moments when a dance becomes so popular, hated and loved all at the same time, that it actually transcends the game and becomes known outside of the NFL fan world.   Well, this happened to the “Dirty Bird”, which was a dance that was so fun, simple, that it could not be contained to only players in the end zone.  This was made famous by an Atlanta Falcons running back named Jamal Anderson, which it got heightened when he got his teams mates would join him in the end zone, making a celebratory flapping flock huge pro players having fun.

4. THE MOSS MOON

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Team competition and rivalries have been what the NFL is all about.  And the Packer vs Vikings is one that is well known. And fans take it seriously as well, it has broken friendships and even relationships up.  This rivalry gave birth to Randy Moss Moon. In 2005 people were bonkers of the moon which is more of an offensive pantomime than a dance per se, op-eds were written, fines were given out and fans on both sides became even more divided.

5. THE SALSA

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Some fans could argue, that no modern TD dance has been as well received as Victor Cruz’s Salsa dance. The perfection of the Salsa dance is that it is exactly what it sounds like, and nothing more. It’s a short, simple little salsa dance. What makes it even better is that it is a genuine and positive celebration with limited taunting hostility toward the rival team. For more reason to love the dance, Cruz has said it was inspired by his grandmother who has passed and had taught the young Victor how to do the salsa, and who also loved touchdown celebrations.

6. GRONK SPIKE

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This TD dance celebration is probably the simplest and easiest to as a fan.  With a name like Gronkowski and a nickname like Gronk, the essence of your touchdown celebration is largely already chosen for you. It has to be powerful. It has to be kind of dumb. And it has to be domineering. Thus, Gronk Spike was born. The Patriot’s tight end big man Rob Gronkowski doesn’t need flash or even substances for a great end zone celebration, he just needs his brute strength and his intensity, which is exactly what the Gronk Spike oozes. Take a football, slam it into the ground. Celebration complete.

These are just a few of the iconic TD dances over the past few decades.  What will NFL players come up with next, now that they don’t have to worry about the 15-yard penalty?  What is your favorite TD dance? All you need is your smartphone.   Choose your favorite touchdown tune, then record and post your touchdown dance. Nominate 2 of your friends to dance or donate …share it with #Touchdowndance2walk

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