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Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill shrugs off possible backflip selfie video punishment: ‘Worth it’

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Miami Dolphins All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill scored his sixth touchdown of the season in a win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.

Moments after Hill scored, he grabbed the phone from someone standing in the end zone and appeared to record himself doing a backflip. Hill said he knew his celebration violated NFL rules, but he didn’t seem too concerned about the possible consequences.

“I know the NFL is going to fine me for this, but it’s worth it,” Hill said. “I’m having so much fun. My life is not about money. I play this game for passion.”

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Tyreek Hill of the Dolphins celebrates a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium on October 15, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (A Rich History/Getty Images)

Hill’s cell phone moment brought back memories of former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn’s infamous touchdown celebration in 2003.

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Shortly before the Panthers selected Jaycee Horn in the first round of the 2021 draft, he recalled the end zone celebration from his father’s cell phone. After Horn made his way into the end zone, teammate Michael Lewis lifted the goal post padding and handed Horn a flip phone. Horn then appeared to make a phone call.

“My mom wouldn’t let us go to the Sunday night games because we had school the next day,” Jaycee said on the “All Things Covered” podcast. “We were begging to go, and she wouldn’t let us go. My dad (Joe) was like, ‘I’m going to call you. I’m going to call you.'”

So maybe Horn was just trying to keep a promise he made to his son once he caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Brooks.

Hill said he strives to create memories every time he dresses up. “Every time I step on the field, I will try to make that moment memorable,” he said.

Tyreek Hill does a backflip

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill does a backflip after scoring a touchdown as teammate Robert Hunt celebrates during the New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2023, in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Hill was recently fined $10,927 for taunting during the Dolphins’ Week 5 win over the New York Giants. The NFL handed out the punishment in response to Hill flashing a peace sign as he sprinted into the end zone for a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

The referees threw a flag for taunting the play. After Hill scored, he walked toward the end zone seats looking for his mother. He threw the ball into the stands, and it was caught by a Dolphins fan.

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Hill entered last week’s game against the Panthers as the league leader in receiving yards. He finished last season with an NFL-best 1,710 receiving yards.

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