Ranking the NFL's 25 Best End Zone Celebrations of 2011
While NFL touchdown dances are not nearly as entertaining as they used to be, before the extra rules and excessive celebration flags, some players have still found a way to put their own touch on the end zone celebrations.
Some celebrations, such as that of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, have been very well received, while others, such as Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson's, did not go over so well.
Take a look at the 25 best touchdown celebrations from the 2011 season thus far.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who has really come alive this season, has made salsa dancing his go-to move when he reaches the end zone.
Cruz pays tribute to his grandmother when he salsa dances, a tradition they always used to partake in when he was growing up.
How could anyone forget Stevie Johnson's Week 12 touchdown celebration against the Jets? He made a mockery of Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress shooting himself in a club back in 2008.
The celebration drew tons of criticism as well as a $10,000 fine from the NFL, but many found it quite entertaining.
Lions tight end Tony Scheffler must have had a few rehearsals before he debuted his Week 11 touchdown dance against the Panthers.
Scheffler's elaborate dance was clearly inspired by the AT&T flash mob commercial seen here.
When Maurice Jones-Drew scored a touchdown against the Browns in Cleveland earlier this year, he touched a nerve amongst Browns fans.
Jones-Drew mimicked putting powder in his hands and throwing it in the air alá former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James.
Giants linebacker Michael Boley's method of celebrating a touchdown is not one that is recommended.
Earlier this season when Boley recovered a fumble against the Rams and returned it for a touchdown he celebrated by pegging a bystander in the face with the ball.
Who knows why Boley celebrated in this manner, but it was funny.
Steelers' second-year wide receiver Antonio Brown showed off some pretty hilarious moves against the Falcons during the preseason this year.
It is still debatable whether Brown is paying tribute to Hines Ward and his Dancing with the Stars campaign or doing the Bennie Biggle Wiggle made famous by Dade County rapper P.A. Teezy.
The dance does very closely resemble the Bennie Biggle Wiggle, and Brown is from Miami.
Marion Barber made it on the 25 best celebrations list by having one of the worst.
After scoring a touchdown against the Panthers, Barber made an attempt to do a backflip but failed and faceplanted into the turf.
This was one of the best bloopers of the season.
In a game against the Cowboys earlier this season, Bills wide receiver David Nelson scored a touchdown and then took off running to the other side of the field.
Nelson was running to a Cowboys cheerleader, who he proceeded to hug and give the touchdown ball to. The opposing team's cheerleader was Nelson's girlfriend.
Brandon Jacobs don't see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind, so he decided to bust it out after he scored a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 14.
Alphonso Smith did his best Michael Jackson impression after he returned a Christian Ponder interception for a touchdown against the Vikings during Week 13.
In a game against the Jets, Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch strolled into the end zone and pretended to lead the crowd in a chant, making a mockery of famous Jets fan Fireman Ed.
Fireman Ed, who has been a constant at Jets games since 1986, is known for leading the crowd in the "J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!" cheer at every outing.
Lions tight end Tony Scheffler made the list twice, as he's had a number of entertaining dances this season.
Scheffler's touchdown celebration against the Buccaneers channeled his inner pirate by mimicking a sword fight.
Big Chargers fullback Mike Tolbert had a quite hilarious touchdown celebration after he reached the end zone against the Jaguars a few weeks ago.
Tolbert first did a dance and then proceeded to jiggle his stomach.
During Week 11, Aqib Talib picked off Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, high-stepped to the end zone and returned it for a touchdown.
What ensued was Talib doing a little cooking in the end zone. Cookin' is a dance move made famous by Lil B in this video. Fair warning: Watching Lil B's video will blow 10 minutes of your life that you will never get back.
Please excuse the profanity in this Talib video.
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has made "making it rain" his signature move when he scores touchdowns this season.
In this video, Hernandez appears to be digging deep into the ground for some gold in order to make it rain, but he has also been seen going into his safe to reach into his stash.
Playing against Carolina, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson scored a touchdown and then mocked Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton.
Newton typically does a Superman celebration in which he rips his shirt open and sticks his chest out.
Burleson did the same thing, except instead of sticking his chest out, he zipped his shirt back up as if to say, "Not this time."
During Week 6, Cam Newton rushed in from 14 yards out for a Panthers touchdown against the Falcons.
After scoring the touchdown, Newton celebrated by doing the "Prime Time" dance, a tribute to Deion Sanders.
Sanders was honored with his Hall of Fame ring at this game.
In a game against the Titans earlier this season, Maurice Jones-Drew attempted to show off his cat daddy. However, it could use a little work.
In a Monday night game against the Patriots, Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline gave fans his rendition of the cat daddy.
It is debatable whether he or Maurice Jones-Drew had a better cat daddy, as they both could use a few more practices.
In case you're wondering what the cat daddy is supposed to look like, check out this video.
In the season opener against the Packers in Green Bay, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham stole Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' signature move.
Trailing the Packers 27-42, Graham scored a touchdown and then pretended to put on the championship belt. Had the Saints taken the lead there or been winning, it probably would have had more of an effect on Green Bay fans.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's recent revelation of his love for Skittles candy has grown legs in Seattle.
Recently caught on television eating Skittles on the bench following a touchdown run, Seattle fans have fully embraced this love of Lynch's and taken it to another level.
On Monday night, with numerous people donning signs reading "Feed the Beast," Seahawks fans tossed Skittles onto the field following a late touchdown run by Lynch.
Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton already made this list once for his Deion Sanders celebration, but Newton has created a signature celebration of his own over the course of this year.
Superman-esque, Newton rips his shirt open and flexes his chest after every touchdown.
His different variations can be seen throughout this video.
Aldon Smith's celebration following a big sack a few weeks ago was not a touchdown celebration, but it was too spectacular to not be included on a best celebrations list.
Smith's celebration was actually a non-celebration in an effort to avoid any type of flag.
Following a sack against the Rams on fourth down, Smith sprinted directly to the sideline, took his helmet off and sat down on the bench immediately.
Okay, so LeBron James isn't an NFL player, but his reenactment of Stevie Johnson's Plaxico Burress celebration was pretty funny.
Hard up for things to do while the NBA season was still locked out, LeBron played in a flag football game against fellow NBA'er Kevin Durant.
At one point, when James scored a touchdown, he pretended to shoot himself in the leg.