Tony Gonzalez announced his retirement after the 2013 season and with him goes the celebration he was known for. The NFL has outlawed dunking the ball over the crossbar as a form of celebrating a scoring play, so into the history books it goes.
Now, the search for a replacement begins.
Let’s start right at the top with this Dirty Bird classic:
Made famous by former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson and invented by former Falcons tight end OJ Santiago, the Dirty Bird endzone celebration is a classic many fans have screamed at the tops of their lungs to have brought back.
Wide receiver Julio Jones offered his rendition during a preseason game, but that’s as far as it’s gone.
Will the return of Julio in 2014 mark the return of the Dirty Bird?
While we wait, let’s look at some other options. Here’s one from a game in 2012 where Roddy White took to the air and did… well, whatever this was.
I think I speak for all Falcons fans when I say, let’s limit the number of celebrations where Julio could get injured, shall we?
While that may not be a possibility, could The Spoon — or its beefed-up cousin The Double Spoon — catch on as a hit?
This celebration is great for Sean Weatherspoon, but I’m not sure it’ll work for everyone. So let’s dig into some Hollywood suggestions.
Ace Ventura offers us this.
Not bad, but celebrating in groups is a penalty.
Which means this one is out.
And this one, too.
So, what exactly are we left with? Stephen Colbert offers a singles-only dance.
But, if you ask me, we go right back to the source for a different take on how to handle the endzone celebration.
UPDATE: Turns out, any use of the goalpost as a prop during a celebration is considered illegal now. Allow Matt Ryan to display my displeasure for you.