Jimmy Fallon's Charity Promise Leads to Wonderful NFL 'N Sync Celebration

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 25, 2013

Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Joseph Fauria scored a touchdown against the Redskins on Sunday and busted out a classic 'N Sync dance move, all because Jimmy Fallon is a great guy. 

Larry Brown Sports reports on a fancy touchdown celebration and a beautiful $10,000 donation to be made by the late-night host because of it. 

As LBS' Steve DelVecchio reminds us, Fallon promised a donation in the name of any NFL player who scored and delivered the brilliant "Bye, Bye, Bye" dance offered in his recent "Evolution of End Zone Dances" skit—performed alongside former 'N Sync member Justin Timberlake. 

As you can see below, the Detroit Lions rookie tight end didn't disappoint: 

For comparison, here is the hilarious skit:

ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is happy to make good on his word. He will donate $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Fauria's name. 

And when we say happy, we mean it. Here is what Fallon had to say upon learning of Fauria's dance moves. "We were going nuts. We all saw it on Twitter. We were going crazy." You don't even need video to picture the ear-to-ear smile that no doubt accompanied this quote. 

According to the rest of the report, Fauria was born to dance. He proclaims his childhood love of 'N Sync, a fandom that demanded his own frosted tips. 

His uncle, former NFL tight end Christian Fauria, told Rothstein that Joseph used to drop a Macarena on the gridiron. "He kept getting yelled at because after every play, he was doing the Macarena. In the middle of the field. He did not care."

OK, now we really need to see the Macarena in the end zone. Forget the obvious penalty that would be assessed—the nation demands it. 

Fauria is enjoying quite the season. Through three games he already has two touchdowns, one of which garnered some serious cash for a fantastic cause. 

Now if Fallon could float the bill, we wouldn't mind seeing Fauria tackle the rest of the dances from the skit. 

The tight end better start practicing his "love scene from Ghost" dance. 

It's your move, Fallon. You now have an NFL player apparently willing to bust a move—any move—and all he demands is a little cash for charity.  


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