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Ryan Williams Unveils the Dirty Hokie

In 1988, Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods did the “Ickey Shuffle” when he reached the end zone. In the 1990s, Deion Sanders high-stepped his way over the goal line. In more recent years, Chad Ochocinco has celebrated touchdowns by performing CPR on the football or by pretending to propose to cheerleaders.

After Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of the Hokies’ 16-15 win over Nebraska on Saturday, he came to the sideline and initiated a touchdown celebration unique to Blacksburg: the Dirty Hokie.

In truth, the Dirty Hokie is not entirely original. It is a takeoff on the Dirty Bird touchdown dance made famous in the late 1990s by former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson. It was part chicken dance, part break dance.

Although Saturday’s celebration looked similar to the Dirty Bird, Williams said he added his own twist to the Dirty Hokie. When Williams scored on Saturday against the Cornhuskers, he returned to the sideline and did his version of the dance with cornerback Lorenzo Williams.

Ryan Williams said the idea for the Dirty Hokie came to him one day during preseason practices. Ryan Williams was talking with free safety Lorenzo Williams and said he wanted to create a touchdown dance.

“We could do the Dirty Hokie,” Ryan Williams said.

“What’s that?” Lorenzo Williams said.

“Man, it’s the Dirty Bird; it’s the Dirty Hokie,” Ryan Williams replied.

Ryan Williams said his motivation for the Dirty Hokie was the Dirty Bird dance that was popular during his youth. He said it was his favorite touchdown celebration growing up. Now he wants other to enjoy his touchdown celebration.

“I hope the crowd like it, man,” Ryan Williams said.

Hall on the Hokies’ Win

The Post's Tracee Hamilton caught up with Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a former Hokie, and got his take on Virginia Tech’s thrilling last-minute win over Nebraska.

“They needed that. They needed that bad,” said Hall, who has been outspoken in support of the Hokies on his Twitter page (@Dhall23). “They still got to step up for this game coming up against Miami boys. I’m proud of them. They pulled that out in the last little bit. That’s a good win for them.”

The No. 11 Hokies (2-1) play host to No. 9 Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday.

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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