With 10:31 to go in the 4th quarter of Michigan State’s 29-6 victory over in-state rival Michigan on Saturday, MSU quarterback Connor Cook punched it in from 1 yard out to put the Spartans on top, 22-6.
Immediately following the score, MSU center Travis Jackson gave us one of the funnier touchdown celebrations football has seen in quite some time.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s a video of the celebration from the 6-foot-3, 283 pound junior from New Albany, Ohio:
As for his inspiration for the act, Jackson says it stems from something he and his teammates have joked about before.
“It’s WWE, Daniel Bryan is the guy who does it,” Jackson said. “We watch that every once in a while. We do goofy celebrations whenever we’re out there as an offensive line. We all do it. That one just got caught on TV and went viral so it’s pretty funny.”
If you haven’t seen WWE pro wrestler Daniel Bryan’s rendition of the celebration, here’s that:
Within moments of Jackson’s celebration having been caught on ESPN’s cameras, everybody and their mother’s second cousin, twice-removed (with internet access) was in a race to GIF the act, causing the celebration to go viral almost immediately.
“I came out right after the game and my cousin was in town from Philadelphia,” Jackson said. “He said that his friend texted him and said it was all over the Internet so I heard about it right away.”
And ever since then, Jackson says that his teammates have been doing the celebration to him whenever they see him and that he has received a lot of flak for his shenanigans out on the gridiron last Saturday.
“They told me that was the most ridiculous thing they’ve ever seen,” Jackson said of his teammate’s reaction to the celebration. “I’ve gotten so much crap from everybody in this building.”