Remember in December 2002 when T.O -- then member of the San Francisco 49ers -- celebrated in the end zone with a pair of pom-poms that he grabbed from a 49ers cheerleader after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers?
Well, prepare for another possible player-cheerleader celebration this Sunday when the Buffalo Bills travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
Bills wide receiver David Nelson said that if he scores a touchdown for the Bills, he will definitely be doing something to celebrate, and it will involve his longtime girlfriend, who is ironically a Cowboys cheerleader, Kelsi Reich.
She works for the Dallas Cowboys and roots for the Dallas Cowboys, but I know she'll have some inside joy if I do well, said Nelson. So it's going to be a fun experience and I'm going to definitely be looking and record the TV copy and see if they show her a couple of times to see her reaction. It's going to be fun. It's something we've been looking forward to for some time and we've already been trash talking back and forth a little bit.
Nelson will have approximately 80 fans in the seats this Sunday, according to reports. You would think that would warrant a proposal of some sort, wouldn't it? Plus, the two have been together for a while and are successful.
But alas, no...No spoof of a proposal to a cheerleader a la Chad Johnson in 2005 against the Indianapolis Colts or a real proposal a la ex-Boise State running back Ian Johnson is in the works.
I can honestly tell you 100 percent it will not be a proposal, Nelson said to Inside the Bills blog. Been there and done that. I want to do something that hasn't been done before, but the situation has to be right. I'm not a big celebration guy when I score, but this is a special situation and if something happens I'll be looking to enjoy the situation.
And, just to be clear, Nelson's celebration won't be too extreme, either.
If I'm in the area where she is, I'm sure I'll have something planned for that, but I also don't want to get her in too much trouble, Nelson said. I obviously couldn't get in trouble, but she could. I'm discussing some things and try to surprise her a little bit if maybe something happens.
Another ironic tidbit here is that both Nelson and Reich are from Texas -- Nelson from Wichita Falls and Reich from The Woodlands. So going to Dallas is sort of a homecoming for Nelson.
Nelson is only in his second year in the league, while Reich has been a cheerleader for four years. This will be the first time in Nelson's career that he has faced the Cowboys.
He has 35 receptions, 402 yards and three touchdowns this season.