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Crosby, the Lions’ rookie offensive tackle, saw video of his celebration go viral Sunday when television cameras caught him wildly jumping around after Decker caught the first touchdown pass of his career.
“I watched the video, I was like what was I doing?” Crosby said Thursday. “Cause I didn’t even know. I was just living in the moment. But yeah, it’s awesome to see that cause dude works his tail off everyday and really deserved a play like that for him. It was cool.”
Decker, the Lions’ left tackle, scored on an 11-yard pass from Matthew Stafford late in the third quarter of the Lions’ 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, his first touchdown at any level of football.
As Decker fired the ball into the stands in celebration, Crosby greeted him in the end zone with a bear hug and began jumping around.
Video of the touchdown quickly made its way across social media, and former NFL punter Pat McAfee, now the host of an eponymous show on YouTube, highlighted Crosby’s role in the play by tweeting video with the caption, “Find a 65 for your life,” that earned more than 21,000 likes on Twitter.
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“Watching (McAfee’s) video’s hilarious and then just like talked to him a little bit afterwards,” Crosby said. “Awesome dude. He was just saying it’s awesome to see me like that. But yeah, there was a whole bunch of Lions fans — just people in general, some people not even football related, who just enjoyed it a lot so if I can make someone’s day better that’s awesome.”
Decker said after the game “everybody needs to get themselves a hype man like that.”
“Pretty much whenever like a big man scores, even if they weren’t on our team, it’s kind of just a cool feeling,” Crosby said. “But just knowing that, that was a possibility was awesome going into it, and just seeing Taylor score was just incredible. And I knew that was his first time scoring, so I literally felt like a little kid. But it was awesome.”
Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez preview the Detroit Lions’ game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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