Daily Sports Smile: Joe Mixon paid tribute to Michael Jackson with 'Thriller' touchdown celebration

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) runs down the sideline on a catch in the second quarter during a Week 8 NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Mixon capped off Halloween in a unique way. He paid tribute to late singer Michael Jackson with a dynamic rendition of his Thriller dance.

In the second quarter, Mixon scored a 1-yard touchdown against the New York Jets. The touchdown capped a four-play, 15-yard drive. After reaching the end zone, Mixon flashed his dancing skills in an epic touchdown celebration.

The Bengals shared the celebration on their official Twitter account. Mixon was cheered by his teammates as he competed the routine.

Jackson released “Thriller” as his sixth studio album and one of the highest-selling albums of all time. The title track received rave reviews and quickly became a pop-culture classic. The music video aired in 1983 and totaled 13 minutes in run time.

Mixon totaled 91 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets. He hauled in four receptions and averaged 14.5 yards per catch.

The Bengals fell 34-31 against the Jets. This season, Mixon is experiencing a bounce-back campaign as the Bengals sit at 5-3 overall.