Best End Zone Dances

Brent Mccoy
• Monday, 16 November, 2020
• 9 min read

With news coming out of the NFL owners' meetings that the league will relax its penalties against end zone celebrations, players have likely begun preparing some unique endzonedances to try and stand out. There have already been many great end zone performances in years past, however, many of which earned fines for the players involved.

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These are the ones that were not repeated more than once or turned into signature celebrations, like the Gonk Spike or the Jimmy Graham dunk (which can be found further down the page). He stops short inside the end zone and effortlessly wiggles his way on the ground.

But if one were to pick one Antonio Brown celebration, perhaps it was him hugging the field goal post after a punt return touchdown that takes the cake. The sheer momentum he had as he hugged the goal post was enough to possibly hurt a normal man, but he gets right back up to continue dancing.

Still, pulling off this celebration in the middle of the Super Bowl takes some guts, so we'll give him credit for that. Steve Smith, like Antonio Brown, has had his fair share of memorable celebrations He pretended he changed the football's diaper once, and imitated a buccaneer sword fight another time.

After scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings, Smith jumped into the end zone and paddled his way forward. For this one, he grabbed the pylon and hit a relatively accurate putt, finishing it off with a Tiger Woods fist pump.

Owens ran over to the crowd after scoring a touchdown, taking a fan's popcorn and dumping it all over his face. After the NFL outlawed having props on your body due to Owens' sharpie stunt, Joe Horn found a way around it.

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The former Saints wide receiver hid a phone under the padding on the goal post, picking it up and making a call after he scored a touchdown. Considering Horn scored a touchdown on the right side of the field to make the call, this was a wildly impressive celebration.

Ezekiel Elliott was turning heads even before he entered the league, when he wore a crop top shirt to the draft. Elliott ran over to the bucket after the touchdown and jumped in, where he pretended to hide before coming out and celebrating with his teammates.

While it was not the first time this celebration has been done (Terrell Owens did it 10 years earlier), Elliott did a great job pulling it off and even donated $21,000 to the charity later on. Buck called Randy Moss' celebration a “disgusting act” before apologizing for having it on the air on Fox.

Buck's reaction to the Moss moon helps elevate it higher up the list. He faked a moon toward the Green Bay Packers crowd in the middle of a rivalry game after scoring a touchdown, and was fined $10,000 for the act.

In a career of wild moments, this was probably Moss' best, and it tops this list of the greatest NFL celebrations of all time. Players like Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, who did a new celebration every time, do not make a list like this.

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While these celebrations often do not have the ridiculous creativity that the previous list has, they have a certain swagger and style that make them memorable. The simple raw power he generates by throwing the ball against the ground is enough to make Boston get wild.

It is not a creative enough celebration to be moved any higher up the list, but its own regional phenomenon is enough to put it at No. Like the Gonk Spike, the Mile High Salute is a simple one to execute.

It began in the Terrell Davis Denver Broncos days, and was a military salute that was directed at his teammates, the crowd, etc. The salute has withstood the wear of time as well, however, with Mike Anderson, Peyton Hills and others have used it in recent years.

Still, Graham's dunks were a ton of fun when he entered the league as a converted basketball player and started putting up double-digit TD seasons. Graham was dunking all over teams during his run from 2011 through 2014 with the New Orleans Saints, and he was letting everyone know it.

And LT didn't have time to add anything longer into his arsenal, as he spent nearly all the 2006 season celebrating touchdowns. Sanders liked to “high step” his way into the end zone on touchdowns, letting his opponents know that he was barely trying, and he could still score on them.

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Celebrating too early can sometimes cause problems (see here), but Sanders made sure he actually scored when he threw some style in there. The raised motionless arms combined with the wiggling legs makes for a hilarious scene in the end zone in the middle of a football game.

It doesn't take a lot of effort to do it, but “White Shoes” is as smooth as they come and earned more fame for his dancing than his playing ability. The “Mickey Shuffle” swept through the league like an odd, off-balance storm in the late 1980s.

The fullback did not have a long career in the league, only lasting through 1991 after a tremendous rookie season. The Lam beau Leap is a signature dance for more than just a single player, it's for an entire organization.

Leroy Butler made it popular in 1993, jumping into the crowd after Reggie White recovered a fumble, and the rest is history. Opposing players have tried to replicate the leap as a way of taunting in recent years, whether it was Chad Johnson, Ryan Griffin or Fred Shoot.

Since then, players have been increasingly showcasing their creativity after they score, including in recent games leading up to the Super Bowl. But Michael Gervais, a high-performance sports psychologist in Marina del Rey, California, notes that while some players take them too far and earn their teams penalties, when smartly executed endzonedances can seriously up their games.

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Organizing endzonedances requires mental rehearsal and forces players to imagine scoring. The first time Gervais noticed the psychology behind these performances was in 2002, when Terrell Owens of the San Francisco 49ers pulled a Sharpie out of his sock after earning his team six points, signed a ball, and threw it into the stands.

It touches on, well, everything : love, murder, racism, competition, jealousy, girl cliques, sexual experimentation, eating disorders. Here are the basics of that plot: The Archer School of Ballet is the premiere conservatory in Chicago.

“We wanted the dancers to feel represented in their athleticism, and in the sometimes ugly business of making something beautiful,” says executive producer Jordana Freiberg. Catch “Tiny Pretty Things” streaming on Netflix Monday, December 14.

“To be at that level of dance skill is already a huge feat, and to be a brilliant actor on top of that is hard.” Nichols was also tasked with making sure every other element of the production accurately reflected the ballet world.

Open, played by Barton Cowperthwaite, struggles with his sexual identity and an eating disorder. June, played by Daniela Norman, is tortured by a mother who doesn't believe in her talent.

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Bette, played by Cashmere Roulette, lives in the shadow of her more gifted sister, a principal dancer in the company. Shane, played by Brennan Close, worries that his male lover will leave him for a woman.

Kylie Jefferson, 25, who plays Never and earned her BFA at The Boston Conservatory, says her character's storyline reflects her own experiences with racism in ballet from “top to bottom.” In the first episode, the head of the ballet school, played by Lauren Holly, glibly claims that Never, who is Black, was plucked out of Compton (she wasn't); fellow dancers make fun of a YouTube clip of her dancing hip hop; and her ballet teacher critiques her every move (and clothing choice).

“We asked ourselves: How can choreography amplify and reflect the inner workings of narrative and the psychology of the characters?” Five A-list choreographers were hired to reflect the show's varied moods and styles: Guillaume Côté, Julian Tunes, Garrett Smith, Tiler Peck, and Robert Benet.

Kylie Jefferson and Barton Cowperthwaite dance together in an episode of “Tiny Pretty Things” (Sophie Giraud, courtesy Netflix) The camaraderie and professionalism of the stellar cast helped facilitate the filming process.

The natural chemistry between Jefferson and Cowperthwaite, in particular, made their onscreen dancing feel seamless. “We started filming a scene where they're paired for a Sleeping Beauty pas DE DEU, and immediately there was a spark between them,” Nichols says.

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The Proudest career moments: Performing the lead in LAR Lubavitcher's Men's Stories, and going on as Jerry in An American in Paris on tour. I've been active on social media, supporting Black Lives Matter, learning to be an ally.

What the team says about her: “There's an innate grace and purity to Kylie's lines,” Jennifer Nichols says. “There was an authenticity to her audition tape: This is Kylie dancing, not a graduate of such-and-such school, where you see their teacher speaking through them.

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