Steve Young congratulates Ray Lewis with ‘squirrel dance’


Former BYU and NFL quarterback Steve Young congratulated Ray Lewis on his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Lewis’ signature dance. (Screenshot)

When Steve Young realized he couldn’t make it to Ray Lewis’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he sent his friend a video message.

Lewis, who received the honor along with seven other football players, is known for his signature “squirrel dance.” So Young closed his video with his attempt at the trademark dance — and Lewis shared the video on Twitter.

“I want you to know I would never, ever disrespect anything you ever did, especially going into the Hall of Fame,” Young said in the video. “I want you to know that family first – my boy’s got a little debut on Broadway, I’ve got to be there. I’m with him, and you know how that works because you feel the same way about your kids. But short of that, my spirit, all I am, I want to be there for you, be with you. I really appreciate the time we’ve gotten to get to know each other better, so I want to congratulate you going into the Hall tonight, joining the rest of us, and you know what’s coming…”

This isn’t the first time Young has attempted the “squirrel dance.” The former BYU quarterback, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame himself in 2005, first attempted the dance in 2014 to celebrate Lewis being the only member of the ESPN crew to pick the Cincinnati Bengals over the Denver Broncos. He again attempted the dance in 2015 following a game.

Lewis was one of eight individuals to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 4, along with wide receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, linebacker Brian Urlacher, safety Brian Dawkins, offensive lineman Jerry Kramer, linebacker Robert Brazile, and former Chargers and Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard.

Following his speech on Saturday, Lewis also did his celebratory dance.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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