Ickey Shuffle

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The Ickey Shuffle was a touchdown celebration performed by National Football League (NFL) fullback Elbert "Ickey" Woods, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals. After scoring a touchdown, Woods would shuffle his feet to the right and hold the football out to the right, shuffle his feet to the left and hold the football out to the left, and finally finish by doing three hops to the right and spiking the football into the ground. The move led to the NFL creating a rule designating it (and similar moves by other players) as "Excessive Celebration" and subject to penalty against the player's team.[1] The dance was in danger of being prohibited by NFL rules concerning planned celebrations, but after investigation, was not banned.[2]


  1. ^ Brady, Jonann (2006-02-04). "Will the Ickey Shuffle Rise Again? - ABC News". ESPN Sports. Retrieved 2009-04-08. The Ickey Shuffle reached iconic status in the late 1980s, when Cincinnati Bengals fullback Elbert "Ickey" Woods started celebrating his touchdown receptions with a brief boogie
  2. ^ "N.F.L. Will Allow the Ickey Shuffle". The New York Times. 1989-08-09. Retrieved 2009-04-08.