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NFL: Power Ranking the Top 5 Sack Celebrations in Recent History

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIJune 7, 2011

NFL: Power Ranking the Top 5 Sack Celebrations in Recent History

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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Linebacker Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Mira
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    When I first set out to write this article, it seemed like sack dances would be the easiest things to find.

    Rather, a good sack dance is rare, and with a list of just five, some one-time good dancers make it over many-time bad dancers.

    From five down to one, every dance belongs on this list, and to qualify, this dance must have been featured on the field after the year 2000 (sorry, Mark Gastineau).

    Without further ado, here are the top five sack celebrations.

5. Takeo Spikes' "Shake"

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    This one was certainly iffy, but with a lack of anything spectacular out of the top four, Spikes can make this list.

    Spikes rocks a quick groove after this sack, showing off some nice moves to the crowd.

    The 49ers linebacker has had a great career, and he also shows a flair for dancing with a nice shake here.

    Originality: 6

    Style: 4

    Relevance: 2

    Player Worthiness: 7

4. DeMarcus Ware's "Frankenstein"

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    DeMarcus Ware is one of the league's premier pass-rushers, and he should break this dance out more often.

    Ware imitates Frankenstein here, taunting Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawk offensive line in the process.

    The Cowboy deserves a place on any top sack-artist list, and he finds a way onto this list, too, with a creative dance.

    Originality: 8

    Style: 6

    Relevance: 7

    Player Worthiness: 10

3. Jared Allen's "Calf Roping"

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    The NFL recently passed what many are calling the "Jared Allen" rule, where players can't get on one knee for a sack dance, further perpetuating the "No Fun League" moniker.

    Allen's sack dance is repeatable, fun-to-watch and symbolic of style, earning it some points.

    However, on the other hand, the dance is confusing and many aren't sure whether it's a chainsaw, a jack in the box or calf roping—Allen falls to third on the list as his dance lacks much relevance.

    Originality: 9

    Style: 7

    Relevance: 1

    Player Worthiness: 8

2. Shawne Merriman's "Lights Out"

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    The "Lights Out" dance symbolizes a year or two of football, in which Shawne Merriman was the game's pre-eminent pass-rusher.

    Merriman's dance was difficult to repeat for aspiring pass-rushers in the lower levels of football, but when the Chargers linebacker did the dance, everyone smiled.

    Merriman's stock has fallen of late with mediocre performance, steroid usage and injuries, but there is no doubt that he deserves a spot on this list for one of the best dances of all time.

    Originality: 9

    Style: 7

    Relevance: 7

    Player Worthiness: 5

1. Barry Cofield's "Don't Tase Me Bro"

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    Barry Cofield isn't the most visible player in the NFL, but his "Don't Tase Me Bro" dance certainly tops this list.

    The dance was never-before-seen, creative and had a direct relation to "The Hangover," which was very popular at that point.

    Cofield gives a nod to all of the taser jokes that were prominent at that time with this hysterical dance.

    Originality: 10

    Style: 8

    Relevance: 10

    Player Worthiness: 1

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