Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson did a pretty decent job celebrating National Tight Ends Day, which apparently is a real thing. Hockenson made it a day to remember with a game-winning touchdown score in one of the Lions’ most improbable wins in recent memory.
Hockenson broke open on the final play of the game after the initial playcall had failed. As Matthew Stafford escaped the pocket to extend the play, Hockenson ran to his right, trying to find some open field. Stafford found him, and the party was on.
Now for the best part: Hockenson was mic’d up for the game, and while it’s hard to tell what anyone was saying, it’s clear everyone was feeling pretty awesome. From the jumping embrace between Hockenson and Stafford, to Hockenson just straight flexing and screaming at the top of the lungs, it’s a video that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face:
Fun little side note to this video, you can clearly see Stafford get in the face of receiver Danny Amendola. This is not a benevolent, “LET’S GO, BABY” kind of embrace. Stafford was yelling at Amendola to get his helmet on, because taking your helmet off on the field is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Amendola didn’t put his helmet on, and it forced Detroit to attempt the game-winning extra point from 48 yards out, no easy task.
“I saw Danny quickly after that and was trying to tell Danny to put his helmet back on but he was going bananas and wasn’t going to listen to anything I said,” Stafford said after the game.
Luckily, Matt Prater made the extended extra point, and Amendola was spared the mistake.