Teammates enjoy Mike DeVito’s celebratory dance moves after sacks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs had a sack party with six takedowns of quarterback Derek Carr during Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Jan. 4, 2016; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito (70) celebrates after a sack against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Jan. 4, 2016; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito (70) celebrates after a sack against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)Chie

Defensive back Ron Parker, safety Ron Parker, defensive end Jaye Howard, outside linebackers Dee Ford and Frank Zombo, and defensive end Mike DeVito each totaled a sack.

But it isn’t a sack party without a little celebratory dance led by DeVito, who has performed some of the modern popular dances during the 2015 season.

DeVito did the Dab in Week 10 and can now add rapper Piles’ “Ran off on da plug twice” dance, which has gained popularity during college bowl games, to the repertoire after sacking Carr late in the third quarter.

“I didn’t even know what it is,” DeVito said with a chuckle. “Justin (Houston) gave it to me right before the game, so I didn’t have a lot of time to practice it.”

Even without a good amount of rehearsal time of the move, which basically consists of running in place, a majority of DeVito’s teammates have fun watching what DeVito will do if presented the opportunity to celebrate.

“Whenever Mike makes a play, it’s always fun to see what he’s going to do next,” offensive lineman Zach Fulton said. “I’m excited for him, though.”

Rookie wide receiver Chris Conley agreed, adding he has a nickname for DeVito.

“I like to call him Mike DabVito,” Conley said. “He’s got it, man.”

Defensive back Ron Parker, who started the sack party by getting to the Raiders’ quarterback in the first quarter, admitted he doesn’t know what DeVito has in store for the next sack.

Parker wouldn’t mind seeing some older moves, however.

“We got to bring him on some old school stuff, maybe some 1980s,” Parker said with a grin. “We’re going to make DeVito bring it back one time before it’s all said and done.”

Defensive end Jaye Howard, who recorded a sack in the fourth quarter, said the team encourages DeVito to celebrate and often leave it up to him what to do.

“With Mike, you never know,” Howard said. “He sees something, he’s going to do it. We told him before the game, if you get a sack today, you got to do it and he did it. Hopefully, Piles gives him a shout-out on Instagram.”

With the sack Sunday, DeVito, a ninth-year pro, established a career-high three sacks in a single season, which was one of his goals in training camp.

“Three times, that’s a career-high,” DeVito said with a laugh. “I still don’t think we should publish that, though.”

DeVito originally had a goal of five sacks in a single season, but a career high is a career high no matter how many sacks he totaled.

A sigh, a chuckle, and then an acceptance of the accomplishment.

“Yeah, I’m grateful for it,” DeVito said with a smile. “It’s been a fun year, no question.”

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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