Steve Johnson Celebration – Stevie Johnson has garnered a bit of a reputation for receiving excessive celebration penalties after he scores a touchdown. In the past, he has garnered t-shirts underneath his football jersey that have sayings on them, and after scoring he would pull up his jersey to reveal what is said. The NFL frowns against this type of behavior.
Johnson once garnered a t-shirt with the Superman emblem drawn on it, another he had the Joker’s quote from Batman written, “Why so Serious.” This past season in a critical loss to the Jets he broke out a dance routine mocking Jets receiver’s then pretended to shot himself in the leg in reference to Jets receiver Plaxico Burress, who served time in prison for shooting himself in the leg at a night club.
Because of the penalty received, the Jets were put into good field position and quickly scored nullifying Johnson’s score. Afterwards head coach Chan Gailey blamed that penalty for the Bill’s loss and warned Johnson and all the other Bill’s players about receiving those penalties that hurt their team.
However this past week Johnson received another penalty after scoring in the Bill’s last game of the season against the New England Patriot’s, in the first quarter. In what seemed to be a harmless gesture, he again raised his jersey to reveal the saying of “Happy New Year” on his t-shirt, and was flagged for it.
That penalty was enough for coach Gailey to tell Johnson upon arriving back to the sideline that he was benched for the rest of the game.
“I didn’t know it was going to draw a penalty,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, what I did was what I did, and I am going to try and bring in the New Year. Ultimately, it hurt my teammates, and that is the thing that is hurting me the most. The fact is that it hurt my team. The coach told me I was out of the game. He said for the rest of the game, and I have to respect his decision.”
Gaily said he got tired of it the first time it happened, and he can only hope people learn from situations, but he does say that Johnson is not a bad guy.