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Rico Gathers explains his ‘pick a pipe peter pan high stepper’ celebration

Rico Gathers (80) had a unique TD celebration on Thursday night.
Rico Gathers (80) had a unique TD celebration on Thursday night. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Rico Gathers found the end zone for the first time as a football player. The basketball player turned tight end hauled in a 26-yard touchdown from Kellen Moore in the first quarter of Thursday’s Hall of Fame game.

Gathers then did a little dance to celebrate, something he came up with on Thursday morning. The inspiration?

“One of my ex-AAU [basketball] teammates, he’s real famous,” Gathers said. “He’s a famous celebrity now – comedian and stuff – and he goes around with this guy named Dan.

“And I ended up doing the [‘Pick a pipe peter pan high stepper,’] doing that dance and stuff like that. I watched it this morning, I’m like, ‘Man, I’m going to do that when I score tonight.’”

Gathers is referring to a pair of Baton Rouge comedians, Nick Joseph and Dan Rue. The dancing video has gone viral and had more than 1.4 million views on YouTube.

Gathers is hoping to do some similar celebrations in the regular season.

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