NFL celebrations are like Instagram – Colin Cowherd explains

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Colin Cowherd talks NFL celebrations with Jason Whitlock, Eric Dickerson and Tony Gonzalez.

- All right, Whitlock, are you ready to admit the new celebrations are good for the National Football League?

- It was awesome. I mean, that's all any of me and my friends talked about was the celebration. It was just tremendous. And I just want to thank the NFL too. I agree with Juju. Thank you so much for letting me-- I don't want to sound like I'm [INAUDIBLE], but it's nothing.

And these players are so caught up in everything except the competition. It's the celebrations. It's the protests. It's my freedom of speech. It's my individuality.

It's about winning games. People tune in for the competition. And I hate it when we lose sight of that. I remember-- Jim Nantz and Tony Romo did their best during that Pittsburgh thing, trying to sell it, hey, trying to sound hip and cool and fun. I was just like hey, man, just talk about how they scored the touchdown. Don't even-- don't even pay attention to that.

- Celebrations, to me, are Instagram. Celebrations are like Instagram. You really can have a life without it. I drive home every day. I've never been on Instagram. I'm really happy, can't wait to see my family.

But young people grab their phone, live through it. They can't believe-- they're empowered by it. So I think some young players just think it's the greatest thing. But you know what the league needs? Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt and O.B.J. Back. That's what the league-- I want-- I want that-- the dinged up guys who I would pay to see, I want them back. Celebrations don't do a-- do I sound like an old crusty guy?

- Well, I'll say this. You know, it's cool. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a big celebrator. I never celebrated.

- You didn't?

- Never. I never had a celebration. But, you know, because in the old school, you get shots taken at you. I mean, I don't know in your time-- Tony, you're younger than me-- but let me tell you, you did a celebration, oh dog, we're going to get you. We're going to get you. We're going to get you for that.

And now it's not about that. It's like, OK, if we score, we got to come up with something too. We got to-- we got-- we got to sit here and think about it. Like you say it's about-- just who won the game?

You know, who had a great catch? Who had the great run? That's all I want to see. I don't want to see no celebration, I mean. But I'm old school, so, you know?

- Yeah, I was going to say, you guys, you guys, you guys are out of touch. You're out of touch. You've lost it. Come on now.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- This is it. This is society right here. This [INAUDIBLE]--

- Did you have a celebration?

- Yes, I dunked it over the goal post.

- Oh, that ain't no celebration.

- Bring it back. Bring back that. That's what I want [INAUDIBLE].

- [INAUDIBLE] spike it.

- Bring back the concord. Bring back all that stuff. I love it. I think it's great for the game. The younger generation loves this stuff. I have a 16-year-old who plays high school football.

This-- what do you think they're doing? They're doing that dance. And I don't even know how to do that. They're-- this is what they're into now. This makes for a great show after a touchdown celebration.

But I want to take it here real quick. All these guys out there, you talk about a platform and all this standing up, the ovation and all this stuff, what about that time that you get after you score that touchdown? Why can't they do some type of structured protest during that time if it's really on your heart and on your minds, if you're choreographing it during the week if whoever gets a touchdown on defense, we get that interception, Michael Bennett and the Seattle Seahawks, go do that then. Go do all your protesting then. Go do all that stuff. I don't mean to take it there, but I'm just wondering.

- Yeah, yeah.

- Hey, [INAUDIBLE]--

- If you're going--

- Those are two different groups.

- Why don't they just do the Soul Train dance? Do the Soul Train line, Soul Train line, do the Soul Train line.

- I'm going to say this. I'm sitting here thinking back when I was a kid. I loved Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

- I was thinking the same thing.

- Yeah, he was quick.

- I loved Billy "White Shoes" Johnson. I loved the icky shuffle. I have to admit-- Icky Woods and the Cincinnati Bengals, I like. And so maybe I am just being an old fart, but I just want to more focus on the actual competition. I want the games to matter to the players as much as it does to the fans. And that's-- they just seem focused on other things.

- Well, and I also think-- I will give the NFL credit on this. I think this was a reaction to the NBA. I think they look at Trump and the ratings and Kaepernick and the NBA is like, we're losing millennial viewers--

- NFL.

- NFL-- and they're like, who's gaining millennial viewers? NBA. And the NBA does seem more player friendly, celebration heavy, a little more joyful. And I think the NFL felt like, listen, we don't want to be this all powerful league that won't let players express themselves. I think the owners are dealing the same thing in those meetings about political expression.

- Well, here's where I think you're 100% right. Football, a lot of the narrative is a downer. It's CTE. It's oh, we're out here getting hurt and we're risking our life.

- Right.

- And so part of this celebration thing might be, let's make the game more joyful--

- Yes.

- --and more fun--

- Yes.

- --and more put a smile on your face.

- Yes.

- And, you know--

- I mean--

- --screw the old farts like me.

- Well, and--

- I kind of agree.

- --Juju Smith Schuster thanks the league.

- Yes.

- And so in the end, it's like hey, players, we're more pro-- I think the NBA is sort of changing the-- for years, leagues copied the NFL.

- As well they should.

- I think the NFL is looking at the NBA.

- That's a mistake.

- Did you see the-- you remember the Soul Train line, don't you?

- I remember the Soul Train line.

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- That's the one dance I was good at.