Who is Hingle McCringleberry? Lions' Jamaal Williams 'Key and Peele' TD celebration draws a flag

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Did Jamaal Williams go to Penn State?

The Detroit running back is actually a product of BYU, but viewers tuning into the Lions-Vikings matchup on Sunday might have mistaken him for the new Hingle McCringleberry.

Following a touchdown vs. the Vikings, Williams pulled out a similar celebration to pay homage to the Penn State tight end and No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, by gyrating his hips to the masses:

Jamaal Williams' touchdown celebration was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Hingle McCringleberry would be proud 😂pic.twitter.com/wwZtbFgFD4

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Officials felt that the celebration was a bit excessive, handing Williams a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Lions would end up losing the game 28-24 to the Vikings, certainly putting a damper on the celebration hype post-game.

Through it all, Williams should have learned a valuable lesson from McCringleberry: That's way too many pumps! Won't someone think of the children?! 

Here's what to know about the all-time great Nittany Lion:

Who is Hingle McCringleberry?

Hingle McCringleberry is the 2012 Heisman-winning tight end out of Penn State University, selected No. 1 overall by the Rhinos in the 2016 NFL Draft.

He's also a fictitious character, if you hadn't noticed or guessed.

Played by Keegan Michael Key of the famed "Key and Peele" sketch show, McCringleberry has gained notoriety outside of the small screen for his (very illegal) three-pump hip-thrust celebration. Key has reprised the bit several times through the years, going as far as presenting the Excessive Celebration award at the 2017 NFL Honors show.

It's not the first time that the McCringleberry celly has been mimicked by an NFL player: We're nearing the two-year anniversary of Aaron Rodgers going one pump too many in a matchup against the Buccaneers.

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 18, 2020

Curiously, Rodgers wasn't flagged for the third pump. Was Jordan Peele officiating yesterday's Lions-Vikings game?

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