In case you missed it, the Detroit Lions won against the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. If that wasn’t a big enough surprise to you, then the touchdown celebration from Lions’ rookie tight end Joseph Fauria had to be the highlight of the game — and Jimmy Fallon took notice.
The tight end caught a short pass in the endzone for six points in the second quarter to put the Lions up 13-7. The extra point made it 14-7, but the Lions were still hung up on the dance that they witnesses their teammate perform after he caught his second-career touchdown pass. Check out the ridiculous dance here:
As you can see, the dance mocks the *N Sync band’s “bye bye bye” dance. This dance was actually featured on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Evolution of Touchdown Dancing” in which Fallon and Justin Timberlake danced with the famous “bye bye bye” celebration with the famous boy band playing in the background.
Fallon issued a challenge to all NFL players after airing the video. He said that the first player to perform one of those dances would get his fine from the NFL matched and donated to the charity of the player’s choice. Well, Fauria did it, but wasn’t fined and Fallon still donated the $10,000 that the fine would have been to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.
Fallon announced this on his late-night talk show and I’m sure Fauria was ecstatic to hear the news. Apparently, the undrafted rookie was always a big Justin Timberlake fan and the dance was a tribute to him.
Pretty cool move by Fallon.