Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) dunks the football over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rules Dunking After Touchdowns Illegal


Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates a touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It was reported yesterday that the NFL has decided to ban dunking the football over the goal-post next season.

I don’t think this will affect any of the Patriots, but it continues a trend of the league banning celebrations, something that hasn’t sat well with the players. Celebrating scores is a terrific part of the game, and if this trend continues, pretty soon players won’t be able to do anything after reaching the end zone. Yes, there are some people that liked players such as Barry Sanders, who would just flip the ball to the official, but the modern generation (including myself) likes to see what original ideas these guys come up with week in, and week out.

The only Patriots player that does a specific celebration each time he scores, is tight end Rob Gronkowski. His vaunted spike is safe for now.

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