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We've long documented Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois' mild obsession with Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Making an appearance on "Redskins Nation," Jean Francois told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, about the origins of his PB&J dance to set the record straight about his nickname.
"That's a Miami dance we've been doing for so long, and I've seen everyone in the NFL have a signature dance, doing something goofy," Jean Francois said. "From Miami, we said we always liked that dance, so I said, 'Let me do something that [they] still show in commercials and everything.' I said I wanted to start doing the Peanut Butter & Jelly dance so when everybody started doing it, it started becoming a catchy dance."
For National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Jean Francois sent in a video of himself to Redskins.com, making the classic sandwich and then transitioning into the dance.
"I tried to put a video out for Redskins Nation, but at the same time I tagged Smuckers for them to know there's a dance out there, too, not just a food, but there's a dance, too," he said. "They sent me a gift basket of peanut butter and jelly. I didn't know it was different brands – crunchy or smooth or natural. But now I'm learning that to up my horizon on different peanut butter and jelly."
It should be noted that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are not the only things Jean Francois eats. Playing college football at LSU, he enjoys the creole cuisine and the French flavor that allows residents to say his name correctly.
"It was perfect because everyone knew how to say my name," he said of his experience there. "It was a catchy phrase just saying my last name Jean Francois. Everyone said it. Plus, they had great food to match with my name. Crawfish, that's my favorite."