Sanger High assistant Nikko Motta apparently forgot he no longer is a football player.
As a group of Apaches players got together to celebrate on the sideline following a big play in Friday night’s County/Metro Athletic Conference victory over Edison, Motta thought he’d join in on the fun.
So the former defensive lineman for Fresno State jumped into the group, expecting to make contact with one of the players’ backs for a typical mid-air celebratory move.
Except no one else jumped.
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And Motta – listed a 6-2 and 279 pounds when he last played for the Bulldogs in 2013 – came crashing to the ground in an awkward but hilarious moment.
“When your Athlete days are behind you,” Motta tweeted.
Motta, who’s known for his fun personality, quickly got up, dignity restored.
A good sign that he likely didn’t suffer anything more than some bruised pride.
Another Sanger coach came to Motta’s rescue – though, it’s unclear if he arrived to help Motta up or provide a celebration partner so the former Bulldog wouldn’t be left hanging.
Nonetheless, Motta was seen running back toward the rest of the team to resume his coaching responsibilities.