WATCH: Lions' Tulloch pulls a 'Gramatica'
Detroit Lions Stephen Tulloch celebrates in the end zone his touch down against Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on December 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)
It’s become known in football lore as pulling a Gramatica.
It’s the injury that’s become synonymous with hurting oneself while celebrating.
Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica tore his ACL after jumping up and celebrating a game-winning field goal against the New York Giants.
The Detroit Lions may have lost key defensive player, linebacker Stephen Tulloch, to a Gramatica after the same kind of celebration.
After being part of a sack on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Tulloch leapt up and when he landed, his knee collapsed. Tulloch rolled over and limped off.
He tried twice to see if he could make a go of it but eventually left the game with the knee injury.
“I appreciate everyone's concern about me,” Tulloch tweeted after the game. “I play the game with a passion. It’s unfortunate I didn't finish the game. But we got the win.”
I appreciate everyone's concern about me. I play the game with a passion.Its unfortunate I didn't finish the game. But we got the win.#Lions— Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch) September 21, 2014
It was a point of discussion after the game.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he wasn’t sure about how serious the injury is.
He was asked if he intended to talk to his players about the way Tulloch suffered his injury.
“There’s got to be some enthusiasm in the game,” Caldwell said. “That’s why these guys play; that’s why we coach it because you have passion for it. That was a big moment.
Is Tulloch responsible for the best celebration fail ever?
Yeah, that was hard to watch
Nah, I've seen worse