Celebration of the Year: Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
After years of staunch rules about touchdown celebrations, the NFL is finally allowing teams to have fun after getting into the end zone. And the results have been great for fans who have thoroughly enjoyed watching their teams go nuts over a score.
This season was full of some really good ones and finalists could include Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys picking up quarterback Dak Prescott and placing him in the Salvation Army bucket. His ‘donation’ had some background to it as Zeke was fined in 2017 for jumping into the bucket. This time, he decided he wouldn’t jump in after a score, but instead put his teammate in.
That one doesn’t take the award though as the honor goes to Michael Thomas, who also paid homage to another celebration. In an early November game against the Los Angeles Rams — a battle that ended up deciding the No. 1 seed — Thomas scored on a fourth-quarter touchdown and ran to the goal post.
Once there, he pulled out a flip phone and pretended to make a call. This was paying respect to a former New Orleans receiver, Joe Horn, who did the same thing back in a game in 2003.
Thomas deserves props not only for showing respect to those who came before him, but also the planning that went into the celebration. Since he wasn’t sure which side of the field he would be at when/if he scored, Thomas had a phone under each goal post.
Not only did that take some planning, but he also clearly had to go out of his way to actually find two flip phones.