By Josh Katzowitz
Every week, NFL players pull stupid tricks in the name of celebration on the field. But Santonio Holmes gave a praiseworthy performance last Sunday in the Jets loss to the Eagles.
After fumbling a ball that Philadelphia recovered and ran in for the score and then deflecting a pass that landed in the hands of the Eagles for an interception, Holmes caught a nice 25-yard touchdown that cut the Philadelphia lead to 18 points.
That prompted Holmes to put the ball on the turf, place his foot on top of it (thereby using it as a prop) and begin flapping his wings like a maniacal eagle. That led to an unsportsmanlike penalty.
It’s also led to a $7,500 fine from the NFL for excessive celebration, according to Newsday.
Not only was it a silly thing to do in the first place, Holmes is a team captain, as appointed by coach Rex Ryan. Considering his controversies earlier this season when he criticized the Jets offensive line and apparently tried to help lead a mutiny against offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, this is at least the second strike in Holmes’ captaincy tenure. After his celebration last Sunday, Holmes promptly apologized.
“He apologized for that to me but I’ll say this about Santonio and every other player on this team: They have my 100 percent support and we’re in this thing together,” Ryan said.
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After his penalty, Schottenheimer immediately confronted Holmes on the sideline.
“The one thing I said to Tone was ‘We had just gained momentum,’” Schottenheimer said earlier this week. “We made a great play, good throw, great route, great catch, and all I said to him was we’re trying to fight back in this thing and we need to maintain momentum. Don’t give them momentum back, and he agreed.”
As does the NFL apparently. Not that the fine will make a difference in Holmes’ every day life, but it’s a small reminder to Holmes that sometimes stupidity doesn’t only cost you field position. Sometimes, it costs you money as well.
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