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Who was the first player in pro football to spike a ball after a touchdown?

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2015-07-17 17:49:47
2015-07-17 17:49:47

Billy Johnson was to touchdown celebrations what Babe Ruth was to the home run -- he may not have been the first, but he is the most memorable.

Elmo Wright of the Kansas City Chiefs is credited as the first NFL player to celebrate in the end zone. On Nov. 18, 1973, after catching a touchdown pass thrown by Len Dawson in a 38-14 win over the Houston Oilers, Wright ran in place at a frantic pace, pumping his knees and his arms, stopping long enough to slam the ball to the ground. Eight years before that, Homer Jones, a wide receiver for the New York Giants, delivered the league's first spike.

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The first player to spike the football after a touchdown was Homer Jones in a game in 1965.

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Yes. Spiking the ball to celebrate a big play is usually an automatic "Delay of Game" penalty. However there is an exception to allow the player to spike the ball after a touchdown.

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Homer Jones, a wide receiver for the New York Giants from 1965-1969 and the Cleveland Browns in 1970, was the first player to spike the ball in the end zone after scoring a touchdown in 1965.

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There is two definitions for spiking the football. 1. When a player makes a touchdown and throws the ball on the ground, it's a spike. 2. When a quarterback needs to stop the clock in a game, they throw the football on the ground to stop it, which is called spiking.

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No, but if you spike it after any other play, i.e. you are frustrated, you got a first down or an INT, you will probably be penalized.


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