Some call the NFL the “no-fun league”. And that nickname has been well-earned as the league has continued to limit touchdown celebrations, especially those involving props. This week, they helped solidify that term once again. On Tuesday, the NFL Rules Committee officially banned the latest celebration fad, dunking over the goal post. A tradition that the NFL Network claims was originated by a member of the Dallas Cowboys: Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson.
But is this latest action just more evidence that the league is actually micromanaging fun right out of football?
Touchdown celebrations are simply part of the game: The Lambeau Leap. The Mile-High Salute. The Ickey Shuffle. The Dirty Bird. Primetime. All iconic images when you think about the National Football League. One of my all-time favorites, and the one player many consider the originator of the touchdown celebration is Billy “White Shoes” Johnson. His Funky Chicken dance and the Six Shooter celebration made him a star in the mid-to-late seventies.
Despite the fun, these celebrations can also go too far. Dallas Cowboys fans will remember Terrell Owens mockingly standing on the star twice in Texas Stadium as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. George Teague belongs in the Ring of Honor for that hit alone. Just saying.
As for banning the goal post dunk, does a celebration go to far when it could possibly damage on-field equipment during a game? What do you think? Has the NFL gone too far in banning this latest celebration? Should the league simply let the players have their fun? Place your vote below and feel free to explain your pick in our comments section.
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