New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will need to find a new touchdown celebration.
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino told “The Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday that the NFL will penalize players who dunk the football over the goal post next season. Dunking is using the football as a prop, which already has been banned. Dunking previously was grandfathered into the rules.
The dunking ban could stem from Graham bending the goal posts and creating a delay during the Saints’ Week 12 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
At least one NFL tight end is upset over the new rule.
No more dunking?! Wow. http://t.co/o91cNogmZo—
Jeff Cumberland (@Cumberland87) March 25, 2014
Tony Gonzalez, who started the popular celebration by channeling his basketball-playing days, also was disappointed to see the end of goal post dunks.
The NFL says no more dunking over the goalpost. This one I don't understand. Looks like I got out just in time.—
Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) March 25, 2014