DETROIT — After registering his seventh sack of the season, Aidan Hutchinson celebrated the play with what seemed like a downward fist pump dance.
He balled his fists high then began shaking them down in a rhythmic motion.
The Lions’ No. 2 overall pick was actually hitting Detroit’s iconic “Blade Dance” — or the “Boss Up” dance, depending on whom you ask.
The dance was made popular by the late rapper Blade Icewood in the early 2000s on his song “Boy Would You.” It has become embedded within popular culture in Detroit through Grammy-nominated artist Big Sean, rapper Icewear Vezzo and countless others over the years.
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“Some of the boys put me on, some of the boys told me about it,” Hutchinson told ESPN. “[Lions lineman Michael Brockers] was sending me videos of it. And I had to for the city of Detroit. And I did it, and I thought it went well, and maybe we’ll keep it going a little bit.”
Hutchinson’s move left former Lions running back Joique Bell impressed.
“It’s a young kid that’s out here and he gets the culture. He knows what’s going on, and he wants to be here. That’s the dope part about it,” Bell said. “And the way he plays shows that. Him hitting the Blade Icewood dance, he’s just that type of guy, and we needed that type of guy to be here. We haven’t had that since Ndamukong Suh. He’s forming and creating that identity for the Detroit Lions’ defense, and we need that badly.”
Hutchinson is a native of Plymouth, Michigan, and he attended Divine Child High School in Dearborn — which is considered Metro Detroit; but he is learning about the authentic Motown culture, including the white buffalo horn-framed Cartier sunglasses, which are known as “Buffs” around town.
He says he might pull out a pair “maybe if we make it to this playoff run.”
Hutchinson wasn’t the first NFL player to celebrate with the dance.
Hutchinson also has been paying homage to the late Michael Jackson throughout the year by celebrating tackles and sacks with his famed leg kick after making plays. Hutchinson has accepted the fact that his “Billie Jean” performance on “Hard Knocks” will likely follow him for the remainder of his career after he performed the song in front of teammates.