NFL to stop dunking celebrations

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL - No Fun League - looks to stop another harmless celebration in the name of "safety".

While at the NFL owners meetings, the league decided to stop yet another harmless celebration method. As of the start of the 2014 season, dunking the football over the crossbars will officially be a penalty.

While I can't remember any Ravens players even attempting to dunk the football (Pitta must not have any 'ups'), it is a common celebration around the NFL. Most notably with sure fire first ballot Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez.


Oddly enough, the last ever dunk celebration isn't by an offensive player like you would expect. It was actually done by Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith.


It appears that the celebration is being banned in part because of Jimmy Graham's crossbar breaking dunk during the Saints' week 12 game against Atlanta.

Expect Graham to maybe try the occasional freethrow instead next year and leave the dunking to cookies with milk.

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