TAMPA, Fla. — There is no doubt that Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins rolled more than a Tide on Monday night. Wilkins surprised the world with his National Championship postgame celebratory dance moves.
Wilkins cartwheeled and back-flipped his way onto the middle of the field following the Tigers’ thrilling 35-31 victory over Alabama to become the new National Champions for the first time in 35 years.
While also taking his shirt off and dancing around the trophy, the 310-pound defensive lineman ended the National Championship trophy presentation with a grand finale by dropping an amazing split onto a confetti-covered football field.
“Call it what you want but it is such a great feeling being National Champ,” Wilkins said during a post-game interview. “I am just happy for what this team has done, and I really love this team.”
While Wilkins’ dance moves became a hit on social media, the National Championship victory over Alabama hasn’t quite hit the sophomore.
“I’m sure it will hit me in the next few hours once I just take a second to step back like, ‘Wow we just beat Alabama,'” Wilkins said. “You know they were the champ. We beat the Alabama, Nick Saban, their defense, and all of that.”
Watching purple and orange confetti fall onto him and his teammates following the biggest game of his life, Monday night was a moment Wilkins had always dreamed of. Snatching the National Championship trophy away from an Alabama team which has had the trophy in its house for 16 years was a feeling of pure satisfaction and excitement.
“I have dreamed of this since I was a little kid, and to experience that with my brothers,” Wilkins said. “I love each and everyone of these guys. We have a special bond, and we did something that hasn’t been done in 35 years. There is really no better feeling.”
“You look and see those guys that came before you,” Wilkins added. “You see the Tahj Boyd and C.J. Spiller. They made this for us and we made it our time to benefit off of what they did.”
And the Tigers did just that, sealing their second-ever National Championship victory.