Fortunately, Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is willing to fill the void with his own brand of over-the-top touchdown celebrations.
But on Sunday in Buffalo’s 28-24 loss in New York, Johnson may have let his creative juices get the best of him when he mocked both the Jets and Plaxico Burress with a touchdown dance that will likely draw punishment from the league.
After catching a second-quarter touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick that briefly gave the Bills a 14-7 lead, Johnson danced in place and then pretended to shoot himself in the thigh — mimicking the incident that landed Burress in prison for 18 months.
(Watch video of the celebration here.)
Then Johnson sprouted wings, ran through the end zone as Jets receivers are known to do, and crashed to the turf.
After his shameless showboating, perhaps it was fitting that Johnson dropped an easy pass over the middle on the Bills’ final drive and watched two potential game-winning touchdown passes slip through his hands.
After the game, Johnson was contrite — which you might expect after the Bills lost their fourth straight to fall below .500 for the first time this season.
“Most definitely, because it hurt our team,” Johnson said when asked if he regretted his antics. “It was very stupid. I feel like I cost our team a win on that.”
Burress, who also caught a touchdown in the game, said the celebration “doesn’t bother me at all. The result I’m looking at is that we won the football game and he turned around and dropped three wide open balls to lose the game for his team.”
After the game, both players took to Twitter.
Im just being myself man I dnt regret being the real me 24/7 and u shouldn’t either. I dnt knock yall for gettin at me like this. Ima G haaa
It sounds like water under the bridge for Burress, but how will the NFL react?
What do you think? Was Johnson’s celebration out of line? Should he be punished?