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Aaron Rodgers and Michael Carter’s handshake may have a sketch-comedy inspiration behind it

It wasn’t long ago that New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was seen doing a special handshake with second-year cornerback Sauce Gardner. Now, Rodgers has another handshake that’s sure to turn heads.

At Saturday’s training camp practice, Jets running back Michael Carter was seen giving multiple players handshakes before running off the field. Among the recipients was the 39-year-old Rodgers – and let’s just say it wasn’t your average handshake.

This isn’t the first time Rodgers was seen doing that “thrusting” gesture. In fact, he did it in 2020 after scoring a rushing touchdown (that was eventually overturned) against the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You can also see another current Jets quarterback, Tim Boyle, join the celebration.

Rodgers and the Packers would go on to lose that game 38-10, but the quarterback’s celebration went viral.

The origin of the celebration stemmed from the sketch-comedy show Key and Peele, created by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The show aired from 2012 to 2015 on Comedy Central.

The sketch was meant to poke fun at the NFL’s overly strict officiating on celebrations. Oftentimes referred to as the “No Fun League”, the NFL has become strict with the creativity of the players on celebrations. In the skit, Key’s character “Hingle McCringleberry” is flagged for an excessive touchdown celebration – where two thrusts are okay, but a third will draw a flag from the referee.

Long gone are the days when prop-filled touchdown celebrations occurred from the likes of Terrell Owens or Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson – or even the infamous “mooning” by Randy Moss in 2004.

Meanwhile, for Rodgers and the Jets, the hope is that the team is remembered for more than a handshake that happened in the offseason.

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Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]yahoo.com
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