VOICE OF EXPERIENCE
Billy “White Shoes” Johnson offers his opinions of some of the NFL’s most memorable end zone celebrations:
The Ickey Shuffle
Elbert L. "Ickey" Woods made his mark in 1988 as a 6-foot-2, 231-pound rookie who rushed for 1,066 yards and helped carry the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl. It was the celebration that accompanied his 15 touchdowns that made him a cult hero — a rhythmic hop from side to side Johnson says: “I like that one. That was a good one because you have to have a little footwork and coordination to try and emulate that. Then he was a big man doing it … I appreciate that.”
On the Horn/Sign of the Times
Joe Horn and Terrell Owens pushed the envelope when they incorporated props into their celebrations. Horn, after the second of four touchdowns against the New York Giants on Dec. 14, 2003, reached into the padding on the goalpost at the Superdome and pulled out a cell phone he had stashed there prior to the game and mimicked a call to spread word of his achievement. A season earlier, Owens, after he scored a touchdown in Seattle, pulled a Sharpie from his sock, autographed the football and handed it to a fan.
Johnson says: “Both of those were pretty nice. You have to be pretty ingenious to do that and be fortunate to be able to hide the phone or the pen. Again, they’re not doing anything against anybody. The league didn’t like it because then it could go on to other things, but I thought it was pretty ingenious. I really liked [Horn] doing that.”
During his nine years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Johnson looked for any number of ways to amuse himself, not the least of which was when he put six points on the board. His reactions to reaching the end zone ranged from performing CPR on the football, doing push ups, pulling on a faux Hall of Fame jacket and performing his version of the Riverdance. Billy Johnson says: “He had a number of good celebrations. I liked his. When he was doing the Riverdance or Merengue or Mambo, whatever it was. There were several that I liked. It was pretty cute.”