Sports-Kings’ Jason Whitney and Jim Racalto recently had the pleasure of interviewing former Buffalo Bills wide receiver and Hall of Fame candidate Andre Reed, and one of the topics that came up was how today’s receivers seem to take touchdown celebrations to an extreme. While Reed obviously said he liked to score touchdowns, he had this take after we asked what he thought about how players celebrate scores in the game today:
“I never had a choreographed routine or dance that I did….and these guys once they get in there, a lot of them are ‘me me’ guys, look at me, look what I did. That’s what you’re supposed to do, you’re supposed to score touchdowns.”
Reed also went on to talk about how celebrations can lead to penalties that could possibly cost a team the game:
“A lot of times, that TD celebration can cost, it could be a penalty and cost the game. So they gotta be pretty careful….it’s a different league.”
Granted, Reed did play in a different era where touchdown dances weren’t a big thing, but they have come to the limelight recently with Commissioner Goodell and the officials cracking down on them. Let’s see if some of the receivers of today take notice of Andre’s words and get focused on the game, not themselves.
Reed also touched on the current situation with Bills wideout Stevie Johnson. Johnson has been sort of a scapegoat for these celebration rules, but Reed was adamant about how important it is that the Bills resign him. He stated:
“If the Bills GM is listening, resign Stevie Johnson.”
That sums up the thoughts of not only Reed, but pretty much every Bills fan. We can only hope Bills General Manager Buddy Nix is listening and avoids making another disastrous front office decision by not resigning Johnson, and instead makes the smart decision to make the team better.
We can only hope.