Key and Peele say they paid Von Miller’s fine after his pelvic thrust celebration dance

It turns out that the money to pay the fine didn’t come out of Miller’s pocket; instead, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — better known as the sketch comedy duo Key and Peele — picked up the tab.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strip sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during fourth quarter action in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, February 7, 2016. Photo by Ben Hays.

Remember Von Miller’s post-sack pelvic thrust celebration last season? I know that you do, and you know that you do.

Because the NFL is the fun-sucking league that it is, it fined Miller $11,567 for the celebration. It turns out, though, that the money to pay the fine didn’t come out of Miller’s pocket. Instead, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — better known as the sketch comedy duo Key and Peele — picked up the tab.

Miller started doing the celebration as a nod to one of Key and Peele’s football sketches. In it, Key pretends to be the professional football player Hingle McCringleberry. Upon scoring a touchdown, McCringleberry gyrates his hips. He is quickly penalized for the celebration.

Miller must have seen the sketch because his dance celebrating his takedown of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was remarkably similar.

“Jordan and I were so afraid of Von Miller, we paid the fine,” Key said on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talkshow.

You can check out the interview below.

The good parts of the skit that inspired Miller to do his thrusting dance are included. The best portion remains the announcer breaking down the penalty: “That was three pumps,” he says. “In the rule book, it says you can’t have more than two.”

Two pumps, guys. That’s the limit.

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Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food.