Mock TD celebrations nothing new

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Colin Kaepernick did the ultimate in-your-face touchdown celebration last weekend when he imitated Cam Newton's Superman pose on his home turf.

After racing into the end zone in the third quarter of San Francisco's 23-10 playoff victory at Carolina, Kaepernick pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands, copying Newton's tribute to the superhero.

"That's not the first, nor will it be the last time somebody does that," Newton said after the playoff loss.

Of course, Kaepernick played it down, saying it was "just a little shoutout."

Taunting an opponent with his own touchdown dance is nothing new in the NFL. It happened a few times this past season to New York Giants star Victor Cruz, who celebrates his TDs with a salsa dance. Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and Kansas City's Dexter McCluster did their version of the Latin steps after scoring against the Giants.

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert broke out the Dirty Bird dance after a TD against Atlanta, even though former Falcons star Jamal Anderson retired more than a decade ago.

Touchdown celebrations are often unique and quite amusing. There was no telling what Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens would do whenever they scored. Johnson's zany celebrations included proposing to a cheerleader, performing CPR on a football, using a pylon to putt the ball and the Irish jig. T.O.'s stunts included pulling a marker from his sock and signing the ball, borrowing a cheerleader's pom-poms, eating a fan's popcorn and doing sit-ups.

Joe Horn once pulled a cellphone from under the goal post and called his children from the end zone. Ickey Woods had the shuffle. Tim Tebow went "Tebowing." Deion Sanders high-stepped and pranced. Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was the original with his "Funky Chicken" and "Six Shooter" dances.

But nothing shows up an opponent like beating him and stealing his moves. So, here's a Pick 6 of some of the most memorable mock celebrations:

THE RAVEN: Terrell Owens caught a short pass from Donovan McNabb, broke a couple of tackles and ran into the end zone to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens 15-10 and improve to 7-0 on Oct. 31, 2004. Then T.O. dared to mock Ray Lewis by doing the fearsome linebacker's "squirrel" dance in the end zone.

Owens and Lewis had a little history that started earlier that year when T.O. nixed a trade from San Francisco to Baltimore and forced his way to Philadelphia. Imitation may be considered the highest form of flattery, but Lewis wasn't pleased.

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