Nittany Lions Sink Their Teeth Into Celebrations

Brush up on why Penn State players are ginning and baring it after big plays and big wins, and the debate over which Lion is responsible for the trend.

LOS ANGELES — Penn State football players had plenty to celebrate during their 11-2 regular season, which culminated in a nine-game winning streak, a Big Ten title, a No. 5 ranking and a spot in the Rose Bowl opposite No. 9 USC. And the Nittany Lions have had a unique way of celebrating.

You've seen it on TV and online. After a big win or sometimes a big play, PSU players can be spotted sort of fish-hooking their own mouths — showing off their teeth.

So what gives?

Well, they are imitating the practice of rappers who "show their grills." Grills — or grillz — are jewelry covers for the teeth. 

There is, however, some debate over which Nittany Lion started the practice. Without question, junior S Marcus Allen does it more than anyone else on the team (you can see him above). Allen is a big fan of rapper Kodak Black, who is well known for showing his grill.

However, redshirt junior WR DaeSean Hamilton was doing it long before others on the team.

To get to the bottom of all of it, we went to the players themselves — and a few of their teammates. Check out the video above.

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