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The Best Touchdown Dances Of All Time

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    Back in 1999, Terrell Davis used his touchdown dance to honor the military and their families. The subtext of this particular dance is, "This one's for you, 'Murrica." It was pretty awesome — but he definitely wasn't the first man to bust a sweet move on the field.

    The touchdown dance actually dates way back. In 1965, Homer Jones of the New York Giants spiked the football in celebration of his touchdown. In 1971, Elmo Wright of the Kansas City Chiefs did the first-ever end-zone dance. Then, in 1983, the Washington Redskins joined in a touchdown celebration high five, earning them the nickname of the Fun Bunch.

    We officially had a trend on our hands. Sure, maybe it was slow to start. But, the touchdown dance picked up steam quickly in the '80s. These days, it's an art form that allows players to have a sort of signature. (You may not be able to see his face on the field, but you'll recognize Victor Cruz's salsa anywhere.) Ahead, a brief history of some of the most memorable turf dances of all time.

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    1988: The Ickey Shuffle

    Courtesy of: Ickey Woods, Cincinnati BengalIckey

    Woods first debuted his shuffle in the '80s, but it's withstood the test of time. Now, you can see him doing that same dance in Geico commercials. COLD CUTS!

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    1989: The Chicken Dance

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    Merton Hanks, San Francisco 49ers

    To the unfamiliar eye, it looks like Hanks is convulsing. But, the avid 49ers fan knows this set of moves as the Chicken Dance. It's not the most lyrical, but there's plenty of enthusiasm.

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    1993: The Lambeau Leap

    Courtesy of: LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers

    You'll see plenty of players doing this now. But, just know that the OG leap came from Butler.

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    1999: The Dirty Bird

    Courtesy of: Jamal Anderson, Atlanta Falcons

    Look, you can watch the original version here. But, trust us that the compilation of Anderson's many dirty birds — set to "Teach Me How To Dougie" — is better.

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    1999: The Mile High Salute

    Courtesy of: Terell Davis, Denver Broncos

    Davis used his touchdown dance to honor the military and their families. The subtext of this particular dance is, "This one's for you, 'Murrica." Into it.