Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye’s goal heading into the final preseason game was probably to do something spectacular enough to leave a long-lasting impression with his coaches. Bouye is an undrafted rookie on the bubble, and if he had a memorable performance against the Dallas Cowboys, it would either gain the attention of his organization or other teams in the NFL.
Bouye’s accomplished his mission after intercepeting a pass thrown by Dallas quarterback Alex Tanney early in the fourth quarter of Houston’s 24-6 victory. And when all eyes were finally on Bouye, he made everyone watching roll them.
After Bouye, a former University of Central Florida standout, was tackled by Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle during a 12-yard interception return, he ran to the historic Cowboys’ star logo and began celebrating. That brilliant moment resulted in a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration.
Of course, Texans coach Wade Phillips ripped Bouye for that celebration on the sidelines. Bouye later apologized for his stunt after the game.
Bouye was obviously trying to mimic Terrell Owens’ infamous celebration on the logo several years ago. The biggest difference is you are not T.O. Your name is A.J. Bouye.
Here is the reaction gathered by Dallas Morning News reporter Rainer Sabin after the game:
“Well, that’s just motivation for us,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “Did they give him a flag for it?”
“That’s just stupid,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said. “I understand having fun, but you know me, I don’t like to celebrate too much. I like to worry about winning football games and moving on to the next play. I guess there is fun in having fun out there, but at some point I think that’s doing a bit much.”
Bouye, your mission was accomplished.
Now everybody knows who you are.