Vikings’ K.J. Osborn throws helmet after game-winning touchdown vs. Panthers to honor Stefon Diggs

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 17: K.J. Osborn #17 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after the 34-28 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

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K.J. Osborn had an emphatic celebration after hauling in the game-winning touchdown catch for the Vikings on Sunday, removing and then tossing his helmet before even looking at the referee for an official scoring signal. If the celebration looked familiar, that’s because Osborn was hoping it would. As soon as the Vikings entered overtime against the Panthers in Week 6, Osborn decided he would throw his helmet if he scored the final touchdown, according to ProFootballTalk. Why? To pay respect to Stefon Diggs.


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Diggs, of course, famously chucked his own helmet at the close of the “Minneapolis Miracle,” when he caught a 61-yard game-winning touchdown against the Saints to help the Vikings advance to the NFC Championship back in 2017. He hasn’t been with Minnesota for two seasons now, moving to the Bills via trade in 2020, but he left his mark while there, logging back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons before leading the NFL in both catches and yards with Buffalo.

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