This step-by-step guide was originally published in The Atlanta Constitution on November 16, 1998
- Hop to right with elbows raised.
- Hop to left, jerk right elbow down, as if pulling on something.
- Hop to right, extend right elbow away from the body.
- Hop to left, jerk left elbow down, as if pulling on something.
- Hop to right, extend left elbow away from the body.
- Flap arms like a bird, and continue to hop back and forth.
The Atlanta Constitution, now The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also published a helpful graphic before the Falcons’ first Super Bowl appearance in 1999:
A graphic explaining how to do the "Dirty Bird," the Atlanta Falcons' celebratory touchdown dance. The dance popularized by running back Jamal Anderson during the Falcons' 1998 football season. This graphic was originally published in The Atlanta Constitution on January 29, 1999.
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The name of the end zone dance also became a nickname for the team itself.
For Anderson, the invention of the Dirty Bird was more than just a celebratory dance. It was a way to seize the limelight and capitalize on the team’s success.
“I was almost always thinking about the organization,” Anderson said in 2002, before he was released from the Falcons. “That's why in ['98], I made up the Dirty Bird. We were going on national TV, and I thought we had a good team nobody was noticing.”
The Falcons will be in the spotlight again for their second Super Bowl appearance in the franchise history next month. The Falcons will face the Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5 in Houston.
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