The Steelers haven’t scored a whole lot of touchdowns this season, so they have not been able to dig too deep into their bag of touchdown celebrations.
That bag got a little smaller on Tuesday, when head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that somersaults into the end zone — like the one Emmanuel Sanders pulled on the team’s only trip across the goal line on Sunday — are now prohibited.
No more flying leaps and flips into the end zone for Steelers. Tomlin: "That would be very correct. It's a potential for injury. It's silly"—
Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 15, 2013
Tomlin: There will be no more somersault into the end zone celebrations. There is the potential for injury. That simple.—
Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 15, 2013
Some might argue the Steelers, who have already banned Ping-Pong and other locker room games, are taking the “zero fun, sir” mentality a little too far. But after the team’s 0-4 start — its first in 45 years — and a rather ugly 19-6 win over the Jets, good luck finding anyone in Pittsburgh who thinks this team should be having any fun at all.
Since he likely won’t repeat it this season for fear of catching Tomlin’s wrath, take another look at Sanders’ celebratory flip in the GIF below, courtesy of GIFD Sports.