Justin Jefferson, the star wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, has become famous not only for his exceptional skills on the football field but also for his viral celebrations. On Sunday, he added another celebration to his repertoire, sending a message to the league.
During the game against the Carolina Panthers, Jefferson scored his second touchdown and celebrated by imitating the "too small" gesture often seen in the NBA. This move was particularly significant because he did it while being covered by the 5'9" cornerback, D'Shawn Jamison. It was not just a message to Jamison and the Panthers; it was a message to the entire NFL.
When asked about his celebration, Jefferson explained, "I mean, that's a message to the league," Jefferson said. "I'll go out there to show that it doesn't matter who's out there to stiff me. I'm gonna make a play, I'm gonna make a catch. I'm gonna do whatever it takes for my team to win."
Throughout the season, Jefferson has been living up to his reputation as the best receiver in the league. He has already amassed an impressive 543 receiving yards, along with 33 receptions and three touchdowns. His performance on Sunday was slightly below his usual standards, as he finished with fewer than 149 yards. However, he compensated for it by scoring two touchdowns.
It was Jefferson's exceptional performance, both on and off the field, that helped the Vikings secure their first victory of the season. After quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a 99-yard pick-six, putting the team in a 7-0 deficit, Jefferson took on the role of a captain and boosted morale on the sideline.
"Just keep stressing to keep going, you know?" Jefferson said. "It's a long game. It's a lot of time to go out there and make something happen. So, it's really just don't get discouraged by the turnover or the bad plays that we have on the field. We just gotta reset and just have that confidence to go back out there, have a better drive and put points on the board."
Looking ahead, the Vikings will heavily rely on Jefferson as they prepare to face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs next week. His exceptional skills and determination will be crucial in securing another victory for the team.