birdz4i Posted November 19, 2015 Share Posted November 19, 2015 Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- An image made its way around the Atlanta Falcons locker room Wednesday, a split picture of touchdown celebrations by quarterbacks Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers.The caption under Newton's "dab" dance photo read: "He gets a letter that goes viral from a mother of a 9-year-old scolding him for his 'excessive behavior.'" The message underneath Rodgers' championship-belt display read: "He gets a commercial endorsement deal from State Farm Insurance."Falcons outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield shook his head while viewing the image, knowing folks should check why they're discounting Newton. The Panthers' signal-caller has gathered plenty of national attention not just for an undefeated start, but for his touchdown celebrations against Tennessee last week that drew the ire of Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and led to the disgruntled mom sending the aforementioned letter."Number one, it's part of the game," Schofield said. "That's a part that makes it exciting. I don't think it's offending anybody. If you keep him out the end zone, you have nothing to worry about."Schofield does his own celebrating on the field, having brought back the old "Dirty Bird" from the Jamal Anderson days after a big defensive stop."I think everybody is entitled to their own expression and celebration," Schofield continued. "As long as you don't take it too far where you personally just go up to a guy. ... Nobody says anything about Aaron Rodgers doing his thing. Recently, it just seems like everybody's trying to fight Cam Newton. I guess you don't see a lot of quarterbacks doing that, but I like it."Falcons strong safety William Moore shared those feelings."Other guys are getting endorsements off certain celebrations, so why is it [an issue]?," Moore said, taking a subtle jab at Rodgers. "I guess just because it's Cam. He's an excellent player and he's just enjoying the game. And he should continue to do that, just not against the Falcons."No one could really envision Matt Ryan ever dancing after a score, but at least one Falcon has caught a little grief recently over a touchdown celebration. Last year, Devin Hester high-stepped his way into the end zone in Deion Sanders-like fashion after setting the NFL record with his 20th return touchdown. He broke his mentor Sanders' record in the process and picked up a 15-yard penalty for taunting following his strut."I don't see nothing wrong with it as long as you don't do any nasty stuff, like trying to take your pants off," Hester said. "That's football.You've gotta have fun with it. Nobody wants to walk around here and be a robot; score a touchdown and act like you didn't score. It's a reward when you do score a touchdown. It's something you work so [hard] to do in the offseason. I feel like it's OK, as long as you don't take it to the extreme. Everybody needs to have fun."You make plays when you have fun. Those guys walking around like robots, those are the ones not getting in the end zone."Schofield called all the talk regarding the Newton touchdown celebration "petty.""You look forward to the opportunity to get to this level where you can celebrate and have fun," he said. "I think the fans like it, but you can't please everybody."It's funny when a fan says they are offended by a celebration but you drive up to an [opposing] stadium and there are fans outside tailgating with their kids flicking us off. What's the difference? I'm offended by that, but do I get to express it? No. That's petty to me. That's part of the game when going to a visiting stadium. They try to intimidate you or do whatever they can to do their part as fans. As a player, you enjoy that. It's part of the game."http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/17425/falcons-see-plenty-reason-for-cam-newton-players-to-celebrate Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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