The Washington Redskins’ offense had much to celebrate in the fourth quarter of its preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday.
Exactly how they would celebrate scoring plays was apparently predetermined — at least for quarterback Kirk Cousins and offensive lineman Tom Compton.
Playing at Chicago’s Solider Field, the Redskins teammates decided to honor Bears’ great running back Walter Payton by trying to recreate his famous jumping hand slap with teammate Todd Bell after Payton broke the NFL’s all-time rushing record in 1984.
Cousins said he collaborated with Compton prior to the Redskins’ third touchdown pass of the fourth quarter on Saturday, a 20-yard strike down the middle of the field to receiver Dezmon Briscoe that, after the ensuing extra point, put the Redskins up 31-30 with 2:04 left in the game.
“We said after the first touchdown that we scored, I would jump up and give him a big bear hug, and the second time we called it a ‘dad high five’ where you high five and interlock fingers,” Cousins said after practice on Monday. “And when we got to the last drive we had run out of celebrations, so we said before that drive, ‘Hey if we score the game winner, what are we gonna do?’
“I told Tom, ‘Let’s see if we can do the Walter Payton high five when he broke the rushing record.”
Compton said the celebration — captured in the photo above — was executed to perfection with his fellow rookie teammate.
“I started running, saw him from the other side of the field and ran about 20 yards each way and got the connection up top,” Compton said.
The duo say they still have something left in their celebratory bag of tricks.
“We got the ‘Top Gun’ high five in our arsenal,” Compton said in reference to the hit 1986 film starring Tom Cruise. “There’s also a ‘Top Gun’-’Dodgeball’ hybrid , where you go up top then @$$-slap on the bottom. We got some more ready for the next game.”
Saturday’s game was a bit of a homecoming for Cousins, who grew up in Holland, Mich., which is located about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Chicago and also borders Lake Michigan.
Cousins estimated he had 30 to 35 friends and family in the crowd cheering him on during the fourth-quarter rally, which saw the Redskins comeback from a 20-point deficit to take the one-point lead late in the game before Chicago kicker Robbie Gould connected on a game-winning, 57-yard field goal.
For the game, Cousins completed 18-of-23 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns and had a QB rating of 154.1.
“It was a special experience for me,” Cousins said. “When you add it all up probably 30-35 people who were able to come to the game and support me. Just that in and of itself means quite a bit, but when I was able to play and play the way we did, it made it a special night for me — one that I’ll remember for a long time.”
By the way, here’s that iconic celebration between Payton and Bell in 1984. I’d say Cousins and Compton did a pretty good recreation:
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