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National Football League Bans Crossbar Dunking Celebration

March 25th, 2014 at 6:59 PM
By Cody Dalga

The National Football League (NFL) announced today that beginning this season, all touchdown celebrations involving dunking over the crossbar will be banned and result in a penalty. 

'Jimmy Graham  NFC Offensive Player of the Week 09/25/2013' photo (c) 2013, Tom  Pumphret - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/While there is a rule already in place preventing players from using the ball as a prop for celebrations, the new rule will be an extension of this existing rule. 

"We grandfathered in some, the Lambeau Leap and things like that. But dunking will come out," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said. "Using the ball as a prop or any object as a prop, whether that's the goal post, the crossbar, that will come out and that will be a foul next season."

One instance that may have made the change an easy decision occurred this past season when New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, who is a frequent crossbar dunker, rocked a crossbar off kilter with an authoritative slam. 

Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez took to twitter to show his disappointment with the new rule. 

 
Gonzalez was also a player who made his fair share of crossbar dunks.
 
Additionally, the NFL's Competition Committee is considering raising the height of the goal post by five feet. 
Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Jimmy Graham, NFL, Tony Gonzalez

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