Remembering Joe Horn's Epic Touchdown Celebration

Jason Schandl
Joe Horn's epic 2003 touchdown celebration came in a ridiculous 4-touchdown game.
Joe Horn's epic 2003 touchdown celebration came in a ridiculous 4-touchdown game. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Before there was Michael Thomas, or even Marques Coltson, there was Joe Horn. The New Orleans Saints legend joined the team in 2000, and across seven seasons he racked up 523 receptions, 7,622 yards and 50 touchdowns — mostly while catching passes from Aaron Brooks.

Of course, the most famous of those 50 touchdowns came against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 15 of the 2003 season. The second of what ended up being a career high 4 touchdowns in that game was celebrated with an iconic moment.

Teammate Michael Lewis helped Horn grab a cell phone (a flip phone, no less) from under the pads on the uprights, and Horn pretended to make a phone call.

This came during the era of Terrell Owens' excessive celebrations, and even though Horn didn't have any props on his body (like TO and the Sharpie), he was still fined $30,000 for the celebration. Who says the NFL's crack-down on fun is a new development?

The 2003 season wasn't anything special for the Saints, as they ended up missing the playoffs at 7-8. But a 133-yard, 4-touchdown performance in a 45-7 prime-time win, including one of the all-time great touchdown celebrations? That's something that goes down in team lore forever.

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