Fans may be surprised to hear Terrell Owens is thrilled that celebrations are again encouraged in professional football.
One of the league’s most iconic receivers and end-zone dancers spoke with ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his “Know Them From Adam” podcast and said he’s looking forward to seeing what today’s athletes can concoct.
“I think it’s a great thing. I think the league realized we’re in an era now where … these fans, they’re starting to have a voice,” Owens said. “They have to do something to increase or get back in tune with what the fans want.”
Owens said he celebrated touchdowns as a means of bringing some enjoyment to fans and adding an element of excitement to games. And he knows some of the league’s current top receivers will be able to carry the torch.
“I think it’s a great thing, especially when you have guys like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr.,” Owens said. “Really those two are the only guys that I can really think of that are gonna probably take advantage of this celebration rule.”
“Really, that was my motivation for doing the touchdown celebrations, I couldn’t celebrate if I couldn’t get in the end zone,” he added. “I was trying to one-up myself every time I stepped on the football field.”
Owens had a number of memorable celebrations during his 16-year career, but two stood out in his eyes.
“Probably the Sharpie or the pompoms. Those were the ones that were really impromptu,” he said.
Owens famously pulled a Sharpie out of his sock after scoring a touchdown during a 2002 Monday night game, before signing the ball and tossing it to a fan. Later in that same season, he hauled in a TD against the Green Bay Packers and celebrated by grabbing a pair of pompoms from a cheerleader.
“As I was going into the end zone, I literally was thinking about what to do,” Owens said.
Owens also revealed to Schefter that he didn’t net an endorsement deal with Sharpie for his antics.
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