"We knew we were sitting together in the control room, and we thought it would be kind of fun just for the two of us," said Brooke, a Chiefs fan. "We saw something we liked from a previous game, and we kind of mimicked it."
Gene, a New England Patriots, said it was just made sense because the two are always ribbing each other about football and "touchdown celebrations are back" in vogue in the NFL.
They started planning the handshake about six weeks ago, studying video of Goodwin's and Bourne's moves and practicing them.
"It's a great touchdown dance," Brooke said.
When they are not perfecting the art of NFL handshakes, Brooke and Gene are entry, descent and landing (EDL) systems engineers. EDL engineers are responsible for getting spacecraft from the top of the atmosphere of a planet to the surface safely.
As for their current world-famous handshake, they're happy with it but are not convinced it's ready for the pros just yet.
"(Goodwin) did it better than we did," Gene said.
The good folks of the internet may disagree.
CNN's Ashley Strickland contributed to this report.