What is the Griddy? Man City star Jeremy Doku the latest to adopt celebration made famous in USA by NFL players
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What is the Griddy? Man City star Jeremy Doku the latest to adopt celebration made famous in USA by NFL players

Nov 19, 2023

We have all seen the ‘Siuuuuuu’, but the latest celebration to take the sports world by storm is the Griddy.

Manchester City‘s new flying winger, Jeremy Doku, has brought this move to our attention, and given how he’s started, we could be seeing it for quite some time.

Doku's dance moves are slick and add some real joy to his goals

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Doku’s dance moves are slick and add some real joy to his goals

But this isn’t something he’s invented, and it’s been in American sports for quite some time.

However, it’s fast becoming a very popular celebration and might soon surpass Cristiano Ronaldo‘s ‘siuuuu’ as the most favoured way to celebrate.

What is the Griddy and where’s it from?

The Griddy was created by Louisiana resident and high school American football player Allen ‘Griddy’ Davis.

While playing college sports, Davis was inspired by the Nae Nae to come up with his own unique celebration.

The American created the move and shared it with his friends on Snapchat, including Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

Chase then introduced the dance to teammate Justin Jefferson, and he showed the world in 2019.

While playing for the Louisiana State University, he scored three touchdowns and unveiled the celebration.

He now plays for the Minnesota Vikings and regularly unleashes the Griddy.

There are a few basic components to the Griddy.

But the main parts involve tapping your heels together, forming imaginary goggles and swinging your arms back, forth and across.

Jefferson loves this celebration

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Jefferson loves this celebration

Doku's not the first Premier League player to introduce the Griddy to England

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Doku’s not the first Premier League player to introduce the Griddy to England

This celebration also became popular in games such as Fortnite and FIFA or EA Sports FC, as it’s now known.

Plus, Doku isn’t the first footballer to use the move.

In 2022, to celebrate a goal in the Champions League while playing for Chelsea, Christian Pulisic brought the Griddy into England.

And he was soon followed by Anthony Elanga after the then-Manchester United forward scored in a league game against Brentford.

However, neither player turned it into a consistent celebration, unlike Doku, who loves it.

And given how good he looks, we better get used to seeing this celebration for some time.


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