10 Signature Moves by Professional Athletes

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Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney recorded the last out of the 8th inning against the Los Angeles Angles on Sunday and prematurely flashed his game-ending “bow and arrow.” Then, in the 9th, Albert Pujols tied the game with a double, scoring teammate Mike Trout. Both Trout and Pujols took a moment to shoot Rodney’s air-arrows back at the slanted-cap-wearing hurler. The Angels won the game. 

A prime example of how overt showing off can backfire, the bow and arrow is one of many “signature moves” in sports. 

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Aaron Rodgers: The Championship Belt

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers stretches his hands across his waist to symbolize a championship belt like a professional wrestler.

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Johnny Manziel: “Cash Money”

Johnny Manziel’s “cash money” hand motion is fitting since his No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey is the NFL’s top selling jersey and the quarterback has yet to take a snap in the league. Manziel raises his hands and rubs his fingertips together symbolizing his love for cold, hard cash. 

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Brian Wilson: The X

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson crosses his arms in an X formation with his left hand in a fist and his right underneath pointing with his index finger skyward. 

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Victor Cruz: The Salsa

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz celebrates touchdowns by doing a salsa dance in the endzone.

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Colin Kaepernick: The Biceps Kiss

San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick raises his right arm to kiss his tattooed biceps after scoring a touchdown.

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Dikembe Mutumbo: The Finger Wag

After blocking a shot, former NBA center Dikembe Mutombo would raise his hand and wag his pointer finger “no” as in “not in my house.” 

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Tim Tebow: Tebowing

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow would kneel on one knee and bow his head, a super focused pose that wound up becoming a media meme. 

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Cam Newton: The Superman

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton places his hands in the center of his chest and separates them, as if he were Clark Kent ripping off a suit to reveal his Superman gear. 

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Lebron James: Powder Clap

NBA star Lebron James riles up the crowd with his pre-game “powder toss” routine. He claps together powder above his head as if a King has just appeared out of nowhere. 

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Tiger Woods: Fist Pump

Golf superstar Tiger Woods throws a swift fist punch through the air after sinking a hole.

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