The "Lambeau Leap," in which Green Bay players jump into the end zone stands after a touchdown, is supposed to be friendly territory for Packer players.
At least one Detroit fan, though, managed to ruin wide receiver James Jones first attempt at his Lambeau Leap Sunday as the Packers played the rival Lions. The fan can be seen on YouTube (below) in a Honolulu blue t-shirt in the sea of green and gold decked fans seeming to get a hand on Jones as he first made his attempt to jump into the stands.
Jones managed to walk down few feet where the crowd proved to be much friendlier to complete his leap.
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"Yeah, man, a Detroit Lion fan pushed me out of there one time," Jones told the Detroit Free Press
after the game. "I had to double jump."
Jones' attempt came in the third quarter after an 83-yard catch and run pass from Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the game's only touchdown.
"Those brave Lions fans who decided to take the Ford Field experience on the road rejected Jones like they were Dikembe Mutombo," Anwar S. Richardson of Yahoo! Sports
, wrote. "It is surprising that Packers fans did not throw those Lions supporters out of their seats for ruining Jones' celebration. Either Green Bay’s supporters were feeling too happy about their victory to care, or they were they were still in shock about seeing Lions fans in their midst."
According to Yahoo! Sports, the first Lambeau Leap took place in 1993 when defensive player LeRoy Butler jumped into stands after a touchdown in a game that helped the Packers reach the playoffs for the first time since 1972.
What Butler called at the time a spontaneous celebration quickly became a Green Bay home staple and a favorite among its fan base. Packer receivers Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman popularize the celebration by doing the Lambeau Leap after every touchdown they made at Lambeau Field, according to Yahoo! Sports.
"Over the last 18 years, the Lambeau Leap has been incorporated into video games, tolerated by NFL celebration rules and embraced by anyone who puts on the G helmet," said Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
. "But the reason the real Lambeau Leap is perfect is because it captures the very close – and so very trusting – relationship between the Green Bay Packers and their teeth-chattering fans."
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