NFL to penalize goalpost dunk next season

Not solely is the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham redefining the tight end place, however he has also inspired an NFL rule change. In accordance with the league's vp of officiating, players will now not be allowed to dunk the ball over the goalpost after touchdowns.

Dean Blandino confirmed the rule change throughout a radio interview with "The Dan Patrick Present" on Tuesday. He said dunking the ball over the crossbar will now be considered a foul together with other landing celebrations that involve props.

Beforehand, dunks had been grandfathered in as a legal celebration, along with the Lambeau Leap.

"We grandfathered in some, the Lambeau Leap and things like that, however dunking will come out," Blandino stated, according to "Using the ball as a prop or any object as a prop, whether that's the goalpost, the crossbar, that will come out and that might be a foul next season."

Graham is clearly the primary inspiration for the rule. Twice in his profession, his celebratory dunks have knocked the uprights off steadiness. Last season in Atlanta, a Thursday night time recreation had to be delayed while employees releveled the crossbar.

And no player in the NFL will likely be extra affected by the rule change than Graham, who has caught extra landing passes over the previous three seasons (36) than anyone else within the league. A former basketball player on the University of Miami, the 6-foot-7 Graham has made the goalpost dunk his trademark celebration.

Graham responded to the information in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, saying: "I guess I'll have to steer the @nfl in penalties subsequent yr!" together with a photo-shopped picture of a referee leaping to dam his attempt to dunk a ball over the crossbar. He later deleted the tweet.

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