Retired Falcon Jamal Anderson Shocked By Hakeem Nicks' "Dirty Bird" Performance

Monday January 9th, 2012

When Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks dashed 72 yards down the left side for a touchdown and a 17-2 lead over the Falcons in the third quarter of today's playoff game, he did an apparent disrespect to the Atlanta franchise with his touchdown dance, a redux of the 1998 Falcons' "Dirty Bird."

It shocked the world -- and apparently no one was more surprised than the man who popularized the dance 14 years ago, former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson.

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Anderson had a productive NFL career, playing eight seasons for the Falcons and gaining 5,336 yards on the ground. He led that '98 team to a 14-2 record and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII. But he'll always be remembered for his bouncing, arm-flapping end zone celebration. Nicks and the Giants finished off a 24-2 rout of the Falcons today and eagerly await the Packers in the divisional playoff round next weekend.

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