People were pretty happy when the National Football League decided to relax their celebration rules going into the 2017 season, allowing for group celebrations for the first time in years. We saw a lot of great celebrations this season, but according to the players themselves, none of them were greater than what the Minnesota Vikings did in Week 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago in their victory over the Bears.
ESPN did a survey of 151 NFL players, asking them what they thought the best touchdown celebration of the season was. The Vikings’ “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” celebration got 35 of those votes to win the poll. I get that 35 votes probably doesn’t sound like a whole heck of a lot, but it was nearly twice as many as the second-place finisher (the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Hide and Seek” celebration), which received 19 votes.
According to the quote from Rudolph that accompanies the article, there wasn’t a whole lot of planning involved with the celebration. In fact, Rudolph says that he came up with the idea in the huddle on the play before the Vikings scored. I’m not sure how many of the other celebrations were planned out in advance, but that seems pretty spontaneous to me.
So, here’s an opportunity to relive what is, definitively, the best touchdown celebration of the 2017 NFL season. And, you know, if you’d like to commemorate it in t-shirt form, feel free to do that as well.