We run The Year in Quotes in every edition of Football Outsiders Almanac. As a companion piece to this year’s edition of Year in Quotes, we’ve decided to compile some of our favorite social media posts from the past year for a look at the Year in Social Media. You can find this year’s Year in Quotes, along with much more, in Football Outsiders Almanac 2021.
JUUUST OUT OF REACH
The Vikings started a new Tik Tok challenge asking fans to duet themselves catching passes from Kirk Cousins.
The responses are fantastic 😂 pic.twitter.com/xEhnOYUGsi
— Gridiron (@Gridiron) July 21, 2020
—I don’t think this is what the Minnesota Vikings social media team had in mind when creating the “catch a pass from Kirk Cousins” TikTok challenge.
ASLEEP ON THE JOB
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 18, 2020
— Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan caught one of the rookies asleep after a long day of training camp.
HAMILFIN: A MIAMI MUSICAL
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) August 29, 2020
—Miami Dolphins defensive end Christian Wilkins isn’t throwing away his shot to talk Hamilton with teammates at training camp.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME
Welcome to Coach’s crib 😎 pic.twitter.com/qarnPhhwjP
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 5, 2020
—ESPN College GameDay host Lee Corso wanted to make his socially distanced set feel a little more like normal, so he got cardboard cutouts of the rest of his crew to sit alongside him during broadcasts.
BIG ENOUGH SCREEN FOR YOU?
—The Los Angeles Chargers take advantage of the 120-yard long 4K HDR video system in SoFi Stadium by playing some Fall Guys on the screens overlooking the field.
SAME, JOE. SAME
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) October 13, 2020
—New York Giants head coach Joe Judge snuck in a drawing of a Giants fan while using the teleprompter.
THE RULEBOOK SAYS YOU CAN’T HAVE MORE THAN TWO PUMPS
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 18, 2020
—Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers should’ve been flagged for excessive celebration in this ode to Key & Peele’s Hingle McCringleberry.
THROWING THE DEEP BALL AND HITTING THE HIGH NOTE
— 10,000 Takes (@10k_Takes) November 11, 2020
—Some benevolent soul blessed us this season by digging up footage of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins singing and performing in high school.
SHAKING THE RUST OFF
My Return To The NFL. pic.twitter.com/eY4fdVaihS
— Justin Forsett (@JForsett) November 24, 2020
—Retired Pro Bowl running back Justin Forsett saw his opportunity to return to the league amidst a string of running back injuries, put on his cleats for the first time in a while, and promptly headed right back inside after failing to hurdle a Little Tikes truck
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Even Adam Thielen’s son is hitting the Griddy 😂 @Vikings
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 5, 2021
—Even Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen’s own son got swept up into the Griddy hype.
HEY FATHER TIME, YOU MISSED A COUPLE
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 12, 2021
—Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady dropped the promotional material we didn’t know we needed for the NFC divisional-round matchup between the Bucs and the New Orleans Saints
BALTIMORE IS STILL TIPPIN’
— Master (@MasterTes) January 11, 2021
—Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson couldn’t help himself when asked questions by a reporter who happens to share a name with Houston rapper Mike Jones.
PUT ON A HAPPY FACE
Za’Darius Smith said he’s wearing a Za’Darius Smith mask because his real face isn’t smiling so much right now after the defense just got done watching last year’s NFC Championship loss.
“I put on my mask so I can have a smile… https://t.co/uzl9bMaRzH pic.twitter.com/EzABXIqr31
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 22, 2021
—Green Bay Packers defensive end Za’Darius Smith sure looks like he’s having a fun time.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THROW OF BRADY’S CAREER
— Whitney Holtzman (@WHoltzman) February 10, 2021
—During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aquatic Super Bowl parade, Tom Brady makes the throw of the lifetime transferring the Lombardi Trophy across boats. The waters below said boats were an estimated 80 feet deep.
On this date in 1983, the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history checked into a Louisiana hospital using an assumed name. pic.twitter.com/Yr3ujc0fHC
— Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) March 3, 2021
—A 1983 newspaper headline resurfaced from a story detailing a secretive elbow surgery underwent by Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. In order to avoid attention, Bradshaw checked into the Louisiana hospital under a pseudonym: Thomas Brady.
A.J. BROWN WOULD CRUSH IT ON SHARK TANK
Julio to Tennessee now! pic.twitter.com/ixZNV7fApB
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) May 26, 2021
—Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was one of many players attempting to recruit Julio Jones to their team, but none did it as aggressively as he did. While I don’t think Brown had any pull in the front office, he can take full credit for the Julio trade after this video.
POST OF THE YEAR
A thing I learned today: #Chargers OL Forrest Lamp has an endorsement deal with Lamp Plus, a lamp company. And this is his first signature lamp, called the Forrest Sequoia. A forest lamp from Forrest Lamp. pic.twitter.com/qRT2DdPJAt
— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) December 9, 2020
—There has never been a more perfect athlete endorsement than Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp getting his own signature Forrest Lamp.