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“I’m Not Crying”: Washington Commanders Viral Video Moves NFL World Into Tears

Published 12/23/2022, 1:00 AM EST

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NFL fans are on an emotional rollercoaster. The Washington Commanders topped off an emotional week by causing more than a few teary eyes. While players and teams metaphorically leave fans crying on a daily basis, this time around, they would need a box of tissues. With the Pro Bowl rosters are out Commanders head coach Ron Rivera broke the news to those who were selected. The reactions of the players had fans misty-eyed.

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The team captured the reactions of their players on video. Rivera took the role of breaking the news to the next level. When the selected players approached him, the coach pretended to have bad news for them. By placing his hand on his head and looking down, Rivera looked like he was about to deliver bad news. Wary players who were anticipating something negative received the best surprise.

The NFL world may have caused a shortage of tissues


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The NFL world, for once, had nothing negative to say. The Commanders’ video featuring the players’ reactions leaves no room for anything but tears.

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Fans poured in and declared that the Commanders have caused a teary outbreak. One fan was in denial of the emotion the video sparked.


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Another fan made a wholesome observation

This Cowboys fan can’t help but appreciate the love between the Commanders’ squad.

This user comments on Way’s excitement for his teammate

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Another user is heavily influenced by one video.

Another fan provided some comedic relief with this meme.

This user wants to switch allegiances after watching the video.

The joy on Reaves’ face and his teary reaction was enough to make grown adults cry. But why did the NFL world react this way?

Jeremy Reaves’ road to the top was not a smooth ride

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Ron Rivera may not receive the Oscar Award for Best Actor but he deserves to be ‘Coach of the Year’ because of the way he broke the news to his players. Terry McLaurin, Jonathan Allen, and Tress Way were given the good news of their selection first. The players shook hands with their coach, looking around with a mix of ecstasy and disbelief. But it was Jeremy Reaves’ reaction that had fans bawling.


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Reaves’ rise to the status of a Pro Bowler was quite the uphill battle. Former Commanders offensive lineman Ross Tucker tweeted the special teamer’s professional history that caused a whole thread of stunned reactions.


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After going undrafted, exiting the Eagles squad, and awaiting his turn while on the Commanders’ practice squad, Reaves made it to the team’s main roster this season. Amidst all of this, the 26-year-old lost his mother last year. Reaves has previously mentioned that she was his “biggest fan.” This is perhaps one of the reasons why his teammates were happier for his success than their own. Moments like these are special and an example of how the sport brings out emotion like no other.

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Anika Gomez

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Anika Gomez is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English from the National School of Journalism and Public Discourse. Anika loves American Football, Formula 1, Basketball, and Tennis.

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