Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer 21d

Justin Tucker: All-Pro kicker, singer and king of celebratory handshakes

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Justin Tucker has established he's a man of many talents, from his All-Pro kicking for the Baltimore Ravens to his impersonations of Matthew McConaughey in commercials to his opera singing.

Last week, before a national television audience, Tucker added more to his creative resume: celebratory handshakes.

During the Baltimore Ravens' 40-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins, Tucker capped a field goal with some enthusiastic and very detailed hand slapping with, well, a handful of teammates.

"We're playing a game," Tucker said. "You should have some fun. You should celebrate with your teammates, get fans involved and have a good time. The more opportunities we get to do that, obviously the better."

Some of Tucker's post-kick antics have gone viral in the past, from the time he tried to squash the Dab to his shoutout to Drake. This time, the two-time Pro Bowl kicker is creating buzz on social media with a routine that includes teammates.

It started with Tucker going up to safety Tony Jefferson and simultaneously doing leaping fade-away jumpers. Tucker then went up to running back Buck Allen, and they performed a play on the LeBron James pregame powder toss.

Tucker and Allen came up with their handshake the day before the game while watching the Ravens practice punt coverage. The surprise for Allen was seeing others had the same idea as him.

"I didn't know everybody was going to do that," Allen said. "I just knew it was the perfect timing for my handshake. So we stood in line and that's how it went."

After his moment with Allen, Tucker and Anthony Levine proceeded to do a sleeve wiping routine before pointing up to the sky. He then finished with a formal handshake with Ryan Mallett, which had been an overlooked ritual after field goals since the backup quarterback arrived in Baltimore almost two years ago.

"A lot of these kind of happened organically," Tucker said. "We're always trying to expand the celebration playbook. We want to have reasons to celebrate."

Tucker is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, making 89.3 percent (183-of-205) of his field goal attempts. This season, he has connected on 15-of-18 field goal tries, with his misses coming from the admirable distances of 58, 62 and 46 yards.

Where Tucker continues to separate himself is from long range. He has hit three field goals from 50 yards or longer, increasing his total from that distance to 31 since 2012 (the most in the NFL in that span).

If Tucker maintains this level of success, there will be more celebratory handshakes in the Ravens' future.

"It's the fun of the game," Allen said. "Me personally, I thought it showed that everybody on the team is connected."

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