Stephen Tulloch would do ACL-tearing sack celebration again

Stephen-Tulloch-celebration-injuryLast weekend, Stephen Tulloch of the Detroit Lions tore his ACL celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers. As a result, Tulloch was placed on injured reserve, bringing his 2014 season to an end.

Understandably, Tulloch was criticized for perhaps going a bit overboard with his attempt to mock Rodgers’ well known “discount double-check” belt celebration. He’ll miss his first game in nine seasons this weekend due to the injury.

That doesn’t mean the veteran wouldn’t do it again, if given the opportunity. At an event on Friday to benefit his foundation, Tulloch reiterated something like that can happen at anytime.

“Hell, no,” Tulloch told the Detroit Free Press. “I’d do it again, brother. You do it every time. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. Just a matter of time.”

“Don’t feel sorry for me,” Tulloch said. “I feel good. It’s just unfortunate the injury is what it is and like I said I’m upbeat and positive about it and I’ll be back better than before.”

It’s pretty amazing to think Stephen Tulloch had participated in 131 straight games (and all of the snaps the come with them) only to have a sack celebration be the cause of a season-ending injury. However, as he said, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. Unfortunately for Tulloch and the Lions, it became reality.

Stephen Tulloch celebrated so hard he tore his ACL

Stephen-Tulloch-injuryThe most embarrassing chapter of Stephen Tulloch’s NFL career was written on Sunday, and it cost him the remainder of the 2014 season. The Lions announced on Monday that Tulloch suffered a torn ACL against the Green Bay Packers when he celebrated his sack of Aaron Rodgers by mocking the “Discount Double Check” dance.

Tulloch was removed from the game and said his knee was “sore” afterword. That must have been before he went for an MRI. I’m sure he was hoping the injury would be nothing serious, especially given the way it happened. Despite the unfortunate incident, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he will not discourage players from showing that kind of enthusiasm.

“It’s not going to happen,” Caldwell said. This is an emotional game, we want enthusiasm.”

A lot of people have been bashing Tulloch, and you can understand why. Could he have gotten up quietly and just gone back to the huddle after sacking Rogers? Sure, but saying he “deserves it” is a bit harsh. Tulloch played in 131 straight games prior to the injury — the longest streak among NFL linebackers. That could have happened to anyone. We have an entire tag full of celebration injuries as proof of that.

Stephen Tulloch suffers knee injury while celebrating sack (Video)

Stephen-Tulloch-celebration-injuryDetroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch was so excited about sacking Aaron Rodgers on Sunday that he injured himself. After bringing Rodgers down in the first half, Tulloch jumped up and emphatically mocked the Green Bay Packers star’s “Discount Double Check” dance. He immediately fell to the ground and grabbed his knee.

Tulloch walked back to the locker room under his own power but was later seen on the sideline with an ice bag on his knee. He was out of uniform, meaning his day was over.

Tulloch is the same guy who Tebowed after sacking Tim Tebow a few years ago, so we know he likes mocking opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the last laugh this time around. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious. Having to leave the game after that is embarrassing enough.

Tim Tebow Not Offended by Stephen Tulloch Tebowing Over Him

I’m not usually one to say I told you so, but I told you so.  Last weekend when the Lions dominated the Broncos in Denver, we showed you a picture of Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch Tebowing on Tim Tebow after sacking him late in the first quarter.  Since Tebowing originated from the way Tebow drops down to one knee and prays, I was pretty confident someone would end up crying that Tulloch was disrespecting Tebow’s faith by doing that over him.  Enter ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who decided to go there in her Tuesday column.

In response to Hill’s article, Tulloch tweeted that football is a form of entertainment and assured people he wasn’t mocking God.  Of course he wasn’t.  We all knew that.  Still, it’s tough to prevent an opportunist from taking a story idea and running with it.  As for Timmy himself, he did what Tebow always does when asked about the incident and said all the right things.

“He was just celebrating, having fun with his teammates and I don’t take offense to that,” Tebow said according to the Washington Post via Shutdown Corner. “I was bothered that I gave up a sack and that I didn’t break the tackle. That bothered me.”

Score another one for Tebowmania.  I highly doubt he’s just saying it, either.  Anyone with half a brain and a little common sense knows that Tulloch was just having fun with the latest craze and didn’t mean any disrespect by it.  This was a perfect opportunity for Tebow to act like he’s better than everyone else because of his beliefs and lifestyle, but of course he would never go there.  That’s why he’s Tim Tebow.

Stephen Tulloch Tebows on Tim Tebow After Sack (Picture)

That didn’t take long.  Anything that has to do with Tim Tebow is guaranteed to pick up serious steam, but Tebowing has taken that to a new level.  Everyone with the exception of D.J. Williams is in on the fun.  Tebow’s teammate Von Miller seemed to think getting his Tebow on was a good time, but it was only a matter of time before an opponent used it as a taunting tool.  Check out this picture of Stephon Tulloch Tebowing on Tim Tebow after a sack late in the first quarter on Sunday.  You can see video of the play at NFL.com here.

Don’t be surprised if people start crying about that and saying he’s being disrespectful for making fun of Tebow’s praying, but what did you expect?  Mocking or not, it’s just another way for Timmy to spread his faith.