Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns confirmed an epic trolling of quarterback Russell Wilson during the team’s impressive Week 12 win.
It was another game to remember for Brian Burns. The defensive end was absolutely relentless from start to finish against the Denver Broncos, which tormented opposing quarterback Russell Wilson and played a leading role in the Carolina Panthers getting another win in the column for interim head coach Steve Wilks.
Burns secured two more sacks to finally hit the double-digit mark for the first time in his career. Something that will likely pile more dollars to his demands when the time comes to negotiate a bumper new contract extension next spring.
One particular on-field celebration when Burns took down the troubled Wilson caught the eye of a Panthers fan on social media. Monty Fetti got ahead of the game and compared the former Florida State’s gesture to the signal-caller’s bizarre warm-up ritual before the Broncos’ game in London earlier this year.
Brian Burns confirmed trolling after Carolina Panthers win
It didn’t take long for this epic troll to go viral on Twitter. But was there a method to Burns’ madness or was it purely coincidental?
Two beat reporters – Vashti Hurt and Sheena Quick – took the opportunity to show Burns the video during his locker room media availability following the triumph. The 2019 first-round pick outlined his respect for Wilson but also confirmed Monty’s suspicions surrounding the celebration.
It’s been a while since the Panthers had this sort of swagger. And nobody will mind whatsoever Burns took this approach where Wilson is concerned.
If Burns continues playing at such a high level, he can do as he pleases on or off the field. The Panthers made a correct call to keep the pass-rusher around despite a lofty trade offer from the Los Angeles Rams and small things like this will only endear him further to a fanbase that now considers him one of the franchise faces.
Wilson is going through some significant turmoil right now. The nine-time Pro Bowler managed just 142 passing yards and a 73.5 passer rating in Carolina, with Burns’ celebration only rubbing further salt into some increasing wounds as Denver’s season spirals out of control.
As for Burns, he’s having fun playing football again. And after so much misery in recent years, it’s heart-warming to see.