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Larry Johnson's dunk

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
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And here I thought he was just a big Diamond Dallas Page fan....

Posted by: GKINMD | August 30, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

There's bound to be some folks ranting on here about how "LJ shouldn't have celebrated a TD in the preseason, went overboard by dunking the football, should act like he's been there before" etc etc etc...since those clowns were out in full force on sports talk radio over the weekend. Let me preempt those comments with a rant of my own...

The people who constantly complain about the "over-celebrating" of others are some of the most miserable human beings on the face of the earth. People who can't stand the sight of other people having fun. They are the same miserable people who whined and moaned endlessly about the Canadian women's hockey team drinking champagne and smoking cigars on the ice following their gold cup win. They are the same miserable people who every single year complain about fans rushing the court or field after a big win. The same miserable people for whom the win is never quite big enough, never quite important enough, to demonstrate that kind of happiness.

Maybe it's time these miserable people focused on making their own lives happier instead of criticizing the celebrations of others.

End rant

Posted by: Barno1 | August 30, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, he only gets $1,000 from NIKE to go shopping at NIKETOWN? My friend who played ball would get $10,000 from Reebok a year and he was on the bench. LJ used to wear Reebok when he played for KC.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 30, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

too much media, not enough news to fulfill it.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 30, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It's not a Roc sign, it's an LJ sign.

Posted by: AdamCr | August 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought he was just a big Diamond Dallas Page fan....

Posted by: GKINMD | August 30, 2010 11:08 AM

Maybe Johnson is more of a 4-Horsemen type of guy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Larry is just a mason thats all throwing up the pyramid. so its okay...i suppose, hopefully he will be throwing up 10 or 11 of them this season

Posted by: mrhney03 | August 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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