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The Chad Johnson Rule

Back Story: Where do you begin with Chad Johnson or Chad Ochocinco? Johnson had some very entertaining touchdown celebrations with the Cincinatti Bengals, but in 2005, there were many that caught the eye of the league despite the previous rule from Terrell Owens in 2002. Let’s just go through them: The River Dance against the Chicago Bears, Proposing to the Cheerleader against the Indianapolis Colts, CPR on a football, Tiger Woods imitation via pylon and football, the Chicken Dance, and holding a sign asking the NFL not to fine him.

The Rule: It took long enough, but in 2009, the NFL owners approved a massive cut down on touchdown celebrations by a vote of 29-3. The rule is known as ‘excessive celebration’, and would tack on a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff for any violators.