Kirk Cousins and Tom Compton pay tribute to Walter Payton

August 19, 2012

(Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

“It’s neat to come full circle, to grow up around the Chicago Bears as a fan and now to be able to play against them,” Cousins said before Saturday’s game.

Which all helps explain the above celebration, featuring the Redskins’ rookie QB and reserve offensive lineman Tom Compton.

“Told @TomCompton76 if we scored at Soldier Field we’d celebrate like Sweetness did after breakin the rushin record,” Cousins wrote on Twitter on Sunday, including a picture of the above image, beautifully captured by The Post’s Jonathan Newton.

Walter Payton’s celebration after he broke that rushing record in 1984 had many elements; one of them was a leaping windmill high-five with safety Todd Bell. (I believe) Dennis McKinnon. See the image below.

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Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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