The sports world has come to a standstill thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the NFL decided to move forward with their draft this week while using social distancing guidelines. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been announcing the various picks from his New York home, and after the Denver Broncos chose University of Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy as the 15th overall pick in the first round, Jeudy came up with his own way to celebrate.
The 21-year-old wasn’t able to shake Goodell’s hand in the middle of an arena, so he decided to celebrate by participating in the “Tootsie Slide” dance challenge on TikTok. Jeudy also gave Commissioner Goodell a shoutout during the video and asked him for a dance duet.
“Not gonna get to shake hands with the Commissioner on Draft night, can we tik tok instead? #duetthis,” Jeudy wrote in the caption.
The chances of Goodell seeing the post were not good, and the possibility of Goodell actually posting his own dance video were pretty much zero. But, we are living in a whole new world now. Not only was Goodell aware of Jeudy’s request, he actually came through and posted his own “Tootsie Slide” dance video.
After Jeudy’s request, the official NFL Instagram account posted a split-screen video of Goodell dancing on the left of the screen and Jeudy on the right. The comments came quickly, as numerous NFL players couldn’t believe Goodell actually joined in.
“He’ll fit right in 😂🐎,” Broncos offensive tackle Calvin Anderson wrote, while New England Patriots running back James White added, “Lmaooooo🤣🤣.”
Broncos safety Kareem Jackson simply said, “WOW,” and Robert Griffin III wrote: “The Commish on TikTok would be hilarious.”
The virtual NFL draft – which is being broadcast on ESPN, the NFL Network, and ABC – includes Goodell announcing the pics from his home, and the athletes who are waiting to get drafted are at home with their family and friends via video.
As the athletes are selected, they video chat with broadcasters instead of sitting down for an in-person interview. The Cincinnati Bengals had the number one overall pick this year, and they chose LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.