Hakeem Nicks did the Dirty Bird after breaking free for a 72-yard touchdown against the Falcons in the playoffs Sunday. The Dirty Bird was the trademark touchdown dance of former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson. Anderson did it all throughout the 1998 season, one where he rushed for 1,846 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading his team to a Super Bowl appearance.
While initially shocked at Nicks’ celebration — and possibly annoyed — Jamal came around.
Nicks had 6 catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns, so he earned the right to celebrate. Mike Smith and his 0-for-3 mark on fourth downs deserved to be mocked.
For comparison, here is a look at Nicks’ and Anderson’s Dirty Birds: