November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) dunks over the goal post after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Easgles 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Well, it’s official; a player will be penalized if he dunks the football over the goal post. Saints punter Thomas Morstead referred to this as the “Jimmy Graham Rule” on Twitter the other day.
Dan Blandino, head of NFL officiating told the Dan Patrick show that players will now be penalized if they use the ball as a prop and dunk it over the goal post, according to the show’s producer, Paul Pabst via Twitter.
I guess the rule is understandable after Jimmy Graham nearly took down the goal post in Atlanta. Maybe the Falcon’s should keep their goal posts more secure. Maybe the Dirty Birds loosened the goal post on purpose? Just kidding.
In my opinion, players should be able to celebrate a touchdown however they want, as long as there is no obscene or explicit gestures involved. I think it all comes down to player safety. The NFL has dealt with enough lawsuits over the years. All they need is someone to break their neck by falling from a goal post dunk, and back to court it is.
Maybe another new rule should be made; players can’t sue if they get injured doing something stupid. Let them celebrate how they want. They’re the ones that are going to have to deal with the negative outcomes. Jimmy Graham’s goal post dunk was his trademark celebration. The No Fun League is at it again. Can we at least see a layup? Or maybe a 3-point shot from beyond the goal line? Graham will think of something clever. I have faith in him.