One of the most iconic celebrations in sports history is the Green Bay Packers‘ Lambeau Leap. The celebration, of course, was invented by Hall of Fame safety LeRoy Butler back in 1993, 30 years ago. Since then, numerous star Packers players (Antonio Freeman, Robert Brooks, Jordy Nelson, and Aaron Jones, just to name a few of the many) have endeared themselves to fans by leaping into the stands after scoring a touchdown.
As many may remember, the first Lambeau Leap was the result of a forced and recovered fumble by Hall of Famer Reggie White. As White was being tackled out of bounds, he pitched the ball to Butler who took it to the endzone for a touchdown:
— GBP Daily – Rob Westerman lll (@GBPdaily) November 15, 2019
Over the years, opponents of the Packers have mocked the celebration by jumping into the stands where their own fans are sitting after scoring a touchdown against Green Bay. On Sunday night, though, the Cincinnati Bengals took it to a whole new level.
The Cincinnati Bengals Steal and Rename the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Leap Celebration
With less than a minute left in the first quarter of the Bengals’ Sunday night game against Rasul Douglas and the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon scored a touchdown. The Bengals’ social media team then posted the following on Twitter (X)):
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 6, 2023
Now, it is not uncommon for players on any team to jump into the stands in any stadium after scoring a touchdown. The Packers, though, were the first and only team to have a name for the celebration, and fans did not appreciate Cincinnati trying to cut in on tradition:
two can play at this game…
BREAKING: Green Bay Packers announce new fan cheer!
“Who are they!?” https://t.co/3Dr39oHJbm
— Matt Mamba (@MattMamba24) November 6, 2023
— Matt Ramage (@mattramage) November 6, 2023
Does a Lambeau Leap while Bang on the Drum plays lmao cmon now be serious https://t.co/QbLKN8rIHf
— 𝐽𝐸𝑁 𝑀𝐴𝐶𝐾 🧀 (@BigMack_4) November 6, 2023
the what https://t.co/FUMazd7VCi
— erin alyce (@herooine) November 6, 2023
— RELA 𝕏 (@itzzSKL) November 6, 2023
and how long has this been a thing exactly? 🤔 https://t.co/dWVhiXKkAG
— hales (@bailsofhayyyyy) November 6, 2023
— Katie Sundermann (@JamsMom04) November 6, 2023
Everyone is so creative these days…lol https://t.co/Z8kGPAfaRv
— Janet Wilson (@ohhjanjan) November 6, 2023
Leroy Butler would like a word. https://t.co/z5M6dH3JkW
— Emma (@emmaadella) November 6, 2023
don’t you dare https://t.co/dcVfJEkIzk
— Michael Allen 🧀 (@MichaelAllenNFL) November 6, 2023
We’ll see if the “Jungle Jump” sticks, but it surely cannot have the same mystique as the hallowed Lambeau Leap.
Packers fans are buzzing with controversy over the Bengals’ take on the iconic Lambeau Leap. Dive deeper into the heart of Green Bay spirit with more insights and reactions at our Green Bay Packers News section.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The first ever Lambeau Leap was done by Butler, the strong safety who came up with the celebration. On December 26, 1993, during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders, Butler took a lateral from Reggie White and scored, igniting the Packers' 28-0 victory and securing a playoff berth.
Yes, the Lambeau Leap is still allowed in the NFL. The celebrated tradition was grandfathered into updated rules on excessive celebrations in 2000 and 2014. Since the Lambeau Leap is an individual act of celebration that doesn't constitute taunting, it remains permitted. This iconic gesture continues to delight fans and players alike in the same way it always has.
The Packers do the Lambeau Leap as a way to show appreciation to their fans and celebrate their support during the game. LeRoy Butler's spontaneous leap originated the tradition, which has remained a beloved symbol of the team for almost 30 years. It is not intended to show up the opposing team, but rather to acknowledge and thank the fans, even in bitter cold weather conditions.