Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria made headlines over the weekend when he busted out an ‘N Sync touchdown dance. The rookie out of UCLA scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the second quarter and followed it up with the dance move from the former boy band’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” music video. As it turns out, he wasn’t only doing it for kicks.
A couple weeks back, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake brought us a new skit they called the “Evolution of End Zone Dancing.” After it debuted, Fallon offered to donate $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of the first NFL player to do the ‘N Sync dance during the game. On Tuesday night’s show, Fallon confirmed that he will be making the donation.
“We were going nuts,” Fallon said. “We all saw it on Twitter. We were going crazy.”
Former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone also shouted out to Fauria after seeing the end zone dance.
@BigJoeFauria my man !!!! Nice moves !
— Joey Fatone (@realjoeyfatone) September 23, 2013
The dance was funny enough in itself. The fact that Fauria did it to send $10,000 to a great cause makes it even better.