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Act like you've done it before

November 28, 2011 - Seth Staskey
Each week, I watch NFL games and I become more and more upset with how much celebration professional football players are allowed to get away with.

First off, let me preface this, and say, there needs to be emotion involved and when you do something well, you should be allowed to celebrate. However, at some point, doesn't the old saying, 'Act like you've done it before' come into play?

I am guessing that every professional football player has scored a touchdown at some juncture of his career, including high school and college, and that includes linemen. So, having said that, why can't players go celebrate with their teammates rather than making the game about themselves. Football is the ultimate team game, so why are the players so individualistic?

Take Sunday's game between the Bills and Jets, for example. A Buffalo wide receiver scores a touchdown and pretends to shoot himself in the leg to mock Jets' wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who was incarcerated in New York for accidentally shooting himself in the leg. The player was flagged and the Jets proceeded to get good field position and eventually, and ironically, Burress got the last laugh because he scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive and the Jets won.

Again, this isn't a knock on the skill players. Defensive linemen always seem to have to show off after making a sack or a tackle for loss. Again, why? I am guessing you've done that before. It was a good play, high-five your teammates, go back to the huddle and get ready to make another play.

The NFL is the ultimate in 'What have you done for me lately?' The players need to keep that in mind as they celebrate because while the glory of scoring is great one minute, the next time you fumble or miss a tackle, you'll be mad when the opposition is celebrating.


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