In 2021, Griddy becomes the most popular NFL celebration trend. This is the story of how Louisiana football gave birth to the movement.
In football, creativity in playbooks tends to increase rather than decrease. High school coaches enjoy the flexibility of trying new programs, and colleges take note. The NFL’s trend of mobile quarterbacks comes from the college scene, as does today’s rampant use of RPOs in professional leagues.
Grassroots freedoms are enjoyed on high school courts beyond the greens and confines of the game. Back in 2017, Landry Walker High School teammates Allen Davis and Ja’Marr Chase were joking around in the locker room one day. Davis started following a song and his friend recorded him on Snapchat. Chase brought the move to the LSU Tigers locker room, where an undefeated 2019 team danced in the spotlight. When LSU’s brightest stars made the NFL, they went further. Justin Jefferson popularized it during his historic 2020 rookie season, and Chase has continued it in his own historic 2021 rookie season. In five years, much has changed, but the finishing touch of Griddy remains a sight to behold for those looking on.
Not surprisingly, early adopters like Chase and Jefferson considered it a science, while others hilariously mimicking the move failed. Watching Jefferson enter the “end” is great, but watching Kirk Cousins try to copy his teammate becomes a metaphor for his attempt to kick midfield: look almost the same, but something is seriously wrong.
Even Mac Jones wanted to join the trend, skipping a half-hearted encounter with Griddy in a pro Bowl walking encounter. The clip went viral, as Griddy clips often do. However, people are trying to learn Davis’s iconic dance. In January, Davis is teaching dance to LSU head coach Brian Kelly, who is trying to immerse himself in Louisiana as much as possible. Perhaps mastering the move would be a more successful recruiting tool than his hype videos.
Allen Davis created The Griddy, then Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson spread it
“It really started in the gym because we used to just dance around,” Davis explained to ESPN sports reporter Norman Locke in 2020. “We had a speaker in there and we used to be. riot before the game.”
“I was playing around with it one day, and then my lil partner he recorded me. He put it on his Snap[chat]so I posted it on my Snap[chat]. The next day, I woke up to go to school, I woke up, man, I saw like 100 screenshots. Everybody’s doing screencasting, everybody’s starting to do it, so everybody just started doing it at different schools around Algiers, in the city. [of New Orleans] and things. ”
“The videos I post on Instagram — I’ve posted on Instagram — so a lot of people have seen it, but my partner Ja’Marr, he’s seen me do it. Ja’Marr Chase, number one who played for LSU, we used to work together at GLS, so I guess man, he brought it up there. [to Baton Rouge] and people started seeing it. Then my boy Justin Jefferson, he came and started hitting it, and then it started getting bigger after that, after the fans started seeing it. “
Davis makes it easy to learn the dance, clarifying step and bounce with the right rhythm. “If you’re not interested in it, you’re not going to be Griddy,” Davis said. When the dance is ready, Griddy enthusiasts must “throw their B-trees” and “throw their sticks,” according to the creator of the iconic dance.
Although he wasn’t the first to perform the dance, Jefferson is credited with bringing the move to the NFL.
“You know” The Griddy “is from my hometown of New Orleans,” Jefferson told Vikings ahead of his record-breaking rookie season. “Actually, we just got it from LSU, and we brought it to the league. Now, all over the world, teams are doing it, and I had to create something special about it because everyone has been doing it. I had to make sure I was the big dog of the ball.”
According to Jefferson, the NFL’s highest authority on dance, Adam Schefter has to be “the worst dancer ever” after Schefter makes a notable attempt – but in his opinion Jefferson, Cousins is definitely the worst person to ever do it.
Davis appreciates all the fans and players involved in this movement, but his goal is to make Griddy the touchdown dance in the Madden NFL video game series. Davis isn’t alone: there’s a petition on Change.org to make Griddy a touchdown celebration in Madden 22.
Is there any correlation between Griddy and winning? The 2019 LSU team and the meteoric rise of Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase in the NFL added magic to the legend of the famous touchdown dance. The usual TikTok trend is one thing, but seeing this New Orleans high school locker room exchange moment play out on the global stage would link Griddy to victory.
After all, you have to win a bit if you are jumping in the end zone.
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