Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman hasn’t had an easy time getting over that Super Bowl LI loss. People on social media don’t want to let him forget about it, either.
Freeman said he can’t control what they say, and he doesn’t respond. But that hasn’t stopped folks from reminding him about that blown 25-point lead:
Lynch didn’t just bike around with fans, he was also streaming live on Instagram Stories, and regrettably, that app does not archive streams. So unfortunately, there isn’t any recorded footage from his perspective of the bike ride. It’s a bummer, because from what I recall on the stream, one of Lynch’s pals did a really sick wheelie for what felt like a minute.
Goodell consulted with players before the celebration rules were relaxed.
“The reality is you know that the players want to celebrate; you know they want to exhibit their individuality and excitement that they’re feeling at that point in time. And they’re very creative, as we all know.”
For a league that prides itself on toughness, old-school coaches like Lewis can get sensitive when it comes to something as simple as a celebration in the end zone.
Many of today’s celebrations bring culture to the game, connecting fans with faceless players. It could be through dance, memes, or even other sports. It’s what has made a player like Odell Beckham Jr. so appealing to younger fans.
He helped make the whip a sensation in 2015, turning it into a signature celebration during his rookie season. He’s done tributes as well, including ones to Michael Jackson and LeBron James. Even for those who might not enjoy the NFL as much as more dedicated fans, it’s another way of welcoming people to the game.