“Vodka, whiskey, beer, tequila, more beer, more vodka, more whiskey and more beer,” Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan shouted into an NBC Sports Washington camera as he headed toward the locker room following Washington’s 26-24 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
No, Kerrigan wasn’t listing a few ways for San Francisco fans to drown their sorrows after their winless team’s fifth straight loss by three points or fewer. Kerrigan’s fellow wrestling fans knew that he was channeling his inner “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, right down to the WWE Hall of Famer’s accent. Austin himself loved it.
Kerrigan sacked 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard on Sunday to bring his season total to 3.5. He celebrated his third-quarter takedown as he has most of his sacks since 2014, stretching out one leg and flexing his biceps — a nod to another wrestling legend, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels.
“[Redskins linebacker] Will Compton has been kind of getting in my ear for a while to do the Shawn Michaels from wrestling — the HBK,” Kerrigan explained in 2014 after registering a career-high four sacks and breaking out the celebration against the Jaguars. “All he kept saying was, ‘Hit the HBK, hit the HBK.’ Finally, I did right by him and hit the HBK a couple times. On the second and third ones, when I didn’t do it, he was giving me a bunch of hell on the sidelines, like, ‘Why didn’t you do it? You need to trademark it.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I can’t trademark it, it’s HBK.’ But that’s where it came from. You guys can thank Will Compton for the motivation for that one.”
Kerrigan has since adapted his sack celebration to include a tribute to yet another wrestling great; before hitting the HBK, he gives a thumbs up, just as “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan used to do in the ring.
Duggan gifted Kerrigan a signed 2×4 before a couple of years ago. The least Austin could do is send some beer — and more beer — to Redskins Park.