Larry Johnson's dunk
If you slogged through the fourth quarter of the Redskins' third preseason game, you were richly rewarded by seeing Larry Johnson score the go-ahead touchdown, then dunk the football, then throw up the Roc sign. Who knows how many more touchdowns Johnson will have this season -- though I drafted him with my last pick in a Redskins blogger fantasy football league, just in case -- but both gestures seem likely to remain Johnson staples should he get a goal-line job.
First the dunk, so beautifully captured by The Post's Toni Sandys.
"It was all enthusiasm," Johnson told Matt Terl. "I was doing it in practice and in preseason camp just messing around, and then I thought, you know, time was right to do it. If I was gonna soar, I might as well do it now 'cause I don't know if I'm gonna get a chance to do it again. So I just did it, because, you know, it's preseason. Have fun."
It looks like his vertical maybe isn't what it once was, but a dunk is a dunk. As for the Roc thing, Johnson calls Jay Z "the big brother" and signed with Team Roc when he opted out of his Nike deal in 2005.
From a KC Star story at that time:
Nike had given him free clothing but had never featured him in any of its ads. Johnson says he had to make an appointment just to buy new outfits at Nike Town -- with a $1,000 limit. "If you're not Lebron, Vick or Tiger Woods," he says, "Nike could give two [bleeps] about you." So Johnson went where he was wanted.
When Johnson started throwing up the Roc after every touchdown later that season, the Star asked the NFL if they had a problem, since the league has deals with Nike and Reebok. "There is no existing language that would ban it," a spokesman told the paper later that year. And as Johnson briefly became a superstar, the Star suggested he was taking ownership over the diamond.
Of course, when Larry Johnson throws up the Dynasty sign, it's good news for KC football fans. It means he just scored a touchdown. But, Jay-Z might want to watch out. If LJ keeps it up, the gesture will be more known for the man running the rock than the man running the Roc.
Apparently, Johnson didn't keep it long enough for that to happen.
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