Joseph Fauria Twerks For His Latest Touchdown Dance


The NFL may be known as the “no fun league,” but occasionally, a player comes along and captures the fan’s imaginations with their brilliant celebrations. Going back in time, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson made a name for himself with his signature touchdown moves. Who can forget the “Icky Shuffle” or the “Primetime” high step into the endzone by Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders? This year, the touchdown dance crown has been won by one player, Detriot Lions tight end Joseph Fauria.

Fauria is hands down, the best dancer in the league. He’s like the fat guy dancing in your wedding video. You want to look away, but you can’t. FOX analyst, ex-Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn had the line of the year saying that he wanted no part of Fauria’s twerk action.

Fauria Is the King of Touchdown Celebrations

Fauria made a splash as a rookie in the NFL in 2013. The tight end from UCLA scored seven touchdowns and performed at least four entertaining end zone celebrations. His endzone performances of the Cat Daddy and *NSYNC’s Bye Bye Bye dance made him a breakout star last season. Fauria missed time in the middle of the season after he injured his ankle trying to stop his dog from urinating indoors. But, on Sunday, he caught his first touchdown of the season and broke out a twerk. The touchdown reception gave the Lions a 27-10 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time. Fauria had two receptions for 17 yards and his twerking touchdown helped the Lions defeat the Bucs 34-17.

What is Twerking?

The NFL doesn’t necessarily attract the most “hip” fans in the world, the league has been around since 1920. So we will forgive if you’re not sure what twerking is. The Daily Beast ran an article in 2013 entitled, “An Old Person’s Guide to Twerking.” Simply put, twerking is a dance move. The Wikipedia definition of twerking sums up the move. “Twerking is a dance move that involves a person shaking their hips and bottom in a bouncy up and down motion causing it to shake, wobble, and jiggle.”

Contrary to what social media would have us believe, it’s not new. The dance was born in 1993 during DJ Jubilee’s reign as king of New Orleans’ “bounce” music—a form of hip hop that revolves around call and repeat chanting. So there you have it — you now know what’s twerking is and obviously, Joseph Fauria has become the king of the touchdown dance.