As the Bengals face the dilemma of not having A.J. Green this weekend against the New Orleans Saints, many fans may be looking for a reason to tune in. Fortunately, Tyler Boyd has given everyone something to look forward to with a little inspiration from a former Bengals wide receiver.
After Michael Thomas honored Joe Horn on Sunday and Kevin Byard channeled Terrell Owens on Monday, NFL Network’s Michael Silver wondered who was going to honor Bengals great Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, a player known for his terrific and often over-the-top celebrations.
As if it wasn’t enough that Boyd was going to have to fill the shoes of one Bengals great this weekend, it now looks like he plans on paying tribute to another.
Johnson gives Boyd so many options to chose from. Fans from across the league used to look forward to Johnson’s celebrations. Every week he was looking to be talked about not only for the plays he made, but for what he did next. It is only fitting that Johnson’s presence should be felt on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Johnson was a man before his time. Now that the NFL has loosed up its celebration rules, one could argue that Johnson is the godfather of the modern NFL.
Boyd commented on the potential celebration to the Bengals’ media on Wednesday, per Bengals.com:
In the true tradition of The Ocho, Boyd won’t divulge which celebration. But he did say his favorites are “The River Dance,” and the putting of the football. That’s the one T.J. Houshmandzadeh dubbed, “Tiger Hood.”
Probably the most respect Boyd could show Johnson, would be to mimic his gold jacket celebration. That is the one where Johnson ran to the sidelines following a score and put on a jacket that read “Future H.O.F. 20??”. While that would be a great tribute, particularly if he put Johnson’s name on the jacket somewhere, it probably would have a negative impact on Johnson’s Hall of Fame candidacy given the crotchety, old, curmudgeons who run that broken process.
Johnson also once put on a sombrero and poncho to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, but that has come and gone this year. Perhaps the largest-scale use of props ever in a touchdown celebration was when Johnson showed his versatility by taking over the videographer job and giving the cameraman on the Bengals’ sideline a breather.
Johnson’s Riverdance was certainly a memorable celebration as was giving a football chest compressions. Using the pylon as a putter was simple, yet creative but, proposing to a Bengals cheerleader may be the most memorable.
With so many classic Chad Johnson celebrations to chose from, Boyd is sure to make headlines when he unveils his tribute.
What Chad Johnson celebration would you like to see Tyler Boyd duplicate?
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Giving the ball chest compressions
Putting the ball
The Hall of Fame jacket
Relieving the cameraman