If Carolina Panthers players aren’t careful, backup linebacker Ben Jacobs might Creedbomb them.
Jacobs, along with tight end Greg Olsen and athletic performance analyst Brett Nenaber, created Creedbombing after joking around on the practice field and weightroom and regularly Creedbomb on their walk from the locker room to the practice field on the team’s Snapchat account.
Taken from the term photobombing where one spoils a picture by unexpectedly appearing in the frame, Creedbombing is belting out a lyric by the popular ’90s band Creed when no one is ready for it.
“Hold me now! I’m 6 feet from the edge and I’m thinking,” Jacobs sang Wednesday as he walked onto the practice field, a lyric from Creed’s song “One Last Breath.”
“The key is you’ve got to make really deep, direct eye contact,” Jacobs said. “So if you Creedbomb someone you’ve got to look them directly in the eye.”
Last week he sang “With Arms Wide Open,” and he has “Higher” as another of his favorites.
In 2013, a reader poll on RollingStone.com ranked Creed as the worst band of the ’90s.
“It’s no surprise that Creed won this poll,” Rolling Stone wrote. “It wasn’t even close. This is a band so hated that their own fans sued them after a famously bad show in Chicago in 2003.”
“We were just talking about how when we were younger bands like Creed and Nickelback were big,” Jacobs said. “We were laughing with the raspy voices and how much we still kind of liked the songs. It just started turning into singing it randomly, you don’t even think about it. It’s taken on a life of its own.”
Jacobs admitted he listened to Creed as recently as last week.