Aaron Rodgers Belt Celebration Stolen From Freddie Mitchell

Aaron Rodgers’ celebration where he mimics wrapping a “championship belt” around his waist has received a lot of attention recently. ESPN recently did an entire segment about how the celebration started and progressed. Rodgers says in the piece that it actually started when he was behind Brett Favre on the Packers’ depth chart as a way of making practice a little more interesting. Nowhere in the piece does anyone mention that former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell did the same celebration while Rodgers was still at Cal.

Remember this from Mitchell?

The play of course is the famous — or infamous depending which side you’re on — 4th and 26 conversion which led to a game-tying field goal and ultimately, an Eagles victory after a (surprise) Favre interception. The irony here is that Rodgers adopted the move from the guy responsible for one of the most heart-breaking plays in Packers history. Rodgers’ career surpassed that of Mitchell even before this run to the Super Bowl, but Mitchell at least deserves a little love for pioneering the move that Rodgers has made famous.

Thanks to eagles4ever17 for the video.

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    everyone knows Freddie was the “people’s champ,” but Rodgers wears the belt better

  • Anonymous

    ESPN did a segment about where it started and came up with Freddie Mitchell? I guess nobody at ESPN has ever seen professional wrestling before where this gesture has been around for quite a while. Hollywood Hogan did it quite a bit back in the 90s

  • Anonymous

    oh i know and smark sancez ripped off my nose pick…get a life

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001406496152 Aleksander Anaya

    @SpinMAx That’s a given, they are refereeing to A Football Player using the gesture. Obviously, this gesture is used in Wrestling, MMA, and Boxing. . . Maybe Freddie Mitchell did it once or twice but went unnoticed. . . Besides, Aaron has an MVP and Lombardi Trophy to back him up.