FOXBORO, Mass. — Defensive players don’t find their way into the end zone very often, so Jadeveon Clowney naturally was all sorts of excited when he scored a touchdown Sunday afternoon.
In the second quarter of the Houston Texans’ Week 3 matchup with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus forced the football out of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s hands. Clowney was the beneficiary of the defensive gem, as he corralled the ball and ran it back for six.
But the true highlight came after the play, as Clowney channeled a certain Patriots star with his touchdown celebration.
Clowney’s spike featured pomp and circumstance similar to the thunderous strikes Rob Gronkowski lets loose after he scores a touchdown. The Texans star got an up-close-and-personal look at Gronk’s spike in the first quarter, which could be why his imitation was so similar.
Both Clowney and Gronkowski are colossal human beings, so we’re kind of surprised that neither spike put a hole in the Gillette Stadium turf.
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