Found January 04, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:

Being in the NFL gives football players a chance to do something that they cannot do anywhere else in their lives, and I’m not just talking about getting to play in front of tens of thousands of people for millions of dollars. No, there is something greater than that.

They get to (creatively) celebrate a touchdown.

cam-newton-superman-celebrationImage credit: Holy Scwhartz

The touchdown celebration began with a simple spike of the ball, but has evolved into so much more. There are the infamous celebrations done by players such as T.O, Randy Moss, and Chad Ochocinco. Several weeks back, we counted down the top 10 touchdown celebrations of all-time.

The problems with the celebrations of the aforementioned players is that they were hard to copy. Even for the average backyard football player, it is hard to find a field with a star in the middle to run to and kneel down.

The celebrations in this post are being done by the young stars of the NFL. The three players – Cam Newton, Victor Cruz, and Aaron Rodgers – are household names already, and they will be able to inspire a new generation of touchdown celebrators.

“Superman” – Cam Newton

There were some who doubted Cam Newton’s potential in the NFL, and they were proven wrong. He had a record-setting rookie season and should be the favorite to win Rookie of the Year.

His touchdown celebration features him pretending to pull his shirt apart to reveal the Superman logo. Obviously a little imagination is involved to get the celebration, but it is great. He has been doing it since his time at Auburn, and he has stuck with it in the NFL.

 

This has even led to some other superstar athletes to think that they are Superman as well. Dwyane Wade broke out his inner Superman after a go-ahead shot in Charlotte, with Cam Newton in attendance.

 

“Salsa” – Victor Cruz

This celebration is a little harder to copy due to the great footwork involved.

Victor Cruz has broken onto the scene this year and has emerged as a big-play threat for the Giants. Once he began scoring all of his touchdowns, he broke out a well-crafted celebration. He incorporated some of his Latin roots and after every score has done a flawless Salsa dance.

“World Heavyweight Title Belt/Discount Double Check” – Aaron Rodgers

This celebration began for Rodgers as one that stressed strength and victory. He would pretend to reveal a title belt after a big play or a touchdown.

The celebration has gone from powerful to laughable (in a good way) as it is now featured in a State Farm commercial.

Here is a SportsCenter feature on the celebration, pre- “Discount Double Check”.

 

If you haven’t seen it before, which is hard to believe as it is always on, here is the “Discount Double Check” commercial.

All three of these celebrations will be copied by young and older players alike for many years to come. Hopefully, new celebrations will arise in the playoffs that are worthy of being featured on a car insurance commercial.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rodgers Says Rest Won't Mean Rust

Aaron Rodgers essentially will have had two bye weeks before beginning the playoffs on Jan. 15. Rodgers stayed mentally sharp by calling plays during a portion of Matt Flynn's record-setting performance.

When it comes to the weather, NY Giants have the upper hand over Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game

LEE S. WEISSMAN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSVictor Cruz (l.) and the Giants have to brave the elements against Michael Turner and the Falcons.By Filip Bondy - NY Dailynews 1/5/12

PFT: Rodgers tops Brees in All-Pro voting

PFT: Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming choice for All-Pro QB, outdistancing Drew Brees.

This Seton Hall Benchwarmer is Awesome!

I saw this video yesterday on TotalProSports. How awesome is this dude? The kid’s name is Peter Dill. With only eight career minutes played, Dill was able to catch the eye of some when he was spotted performing his Aaron Rodgers’ belt celebration from the bench during last year’s Big East Tournament. He was at it once again during Seton Hall’s 75-63 victory over No. 8 Connecticut...

Brady Wins AFC Offensive Player of the Month

Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees may be front runners for NFL MVP honors but Tom Brady's been no slouch this season. Rodgers led his team to a 15-1 record and Brees broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old single-season passing record, but Brady was the only AFC quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards. He also led the Pats to a 13-3 record, including eight in a row to end the regular...

Matt Flynn among NFC players of the week

For a backup who only played because the Packers wanted to give Aaron Rodgers the day off, Matt Flynn did pretty well for himself on Sunday. Flynn was named the NFC offensive player of the week (joining defensive player of the week Curtis Lofton of the Falcons and special teams player of the week David…
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.