NFL Outlaws Goal Post Dunking
We’ll likely call it “the Jimmy Graham Rule!” The NFL has decided to penalize players who dunk the ball over the goal post! The NFL Head of Officials, Dean Blandino, confirmed it today on the Dan Patrick Show on 1130 the Tiger.
The “No Fun League” is back! Owners had not planned on voting on the rule at this year’s Orlando meetings, but at those meetings… everything is on the table! The league likely instituted the rule in response to an incident last season in which Jimmy Graham dunked a goal post off kilter against the Atlanta Falcons and play had to be stopped to fix the goal post.
Future Hall of Fame Tight End Tony Gonzalez famously dunked a few balls in his career, but he won’t have to deal with the new rule now that he is retired. He tweeted about the decision.
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
This likely will not prove a popular decision with players and fans, but it is what it is! Others have tweeted about the decision.
The NFL outlawed dunking over the goal posts? LEAGUE. FIXED.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) March 25, 2014
NFL bans goal post dunking as part of an increased effort to protect players and fans from fun.
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) March 25, 2014
NFL to penalize for dunking over goal post, diving at players legs and tearing their ACL…still ok
— Evil Mike Tomlin (@EvilMikeTomlin) March 25, 2014
NFL is banning dunking the ball on the goal post after TDs. Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham have to find new celebrations. So stupid.
— SportsBlogNewYork (@SportBlogNYC) March 25, 2014
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) March 25, 2014
Let us take this moment to remember some of Jimmy Graham’s now forbidden dunks, including some dunks from his University of Miami days!