If you remember Alfred Morris’ touchdown celebration last year, which you should being he had 13 of them (the most since Stephen Davis in 1999 who had 17), you might recall his infamous home run celebration, followed by a salute.
The league announced today that his celebration, among many others will now be banned and result in a 15 yard penalty.
“These acts include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation; or dancing).”
As you can tell, Pierre Garcons’ spinning of the football after big first downs and touchdowns would fall into this category, among many of Santana Moss’ first down pointing, and London Fletcher’s sacking celebrations.
For what it’s worth, anything that appears to be “fun” is banned in the NFL (which fans are referring as the No Fun League yet again). It will be interesting to see if players of the Denver Broncos refrain from the “Mile High Salute” which has become legendary in the city of Denver, home to many military families.
This all of course started with the Washington Redskins, who in 1982 started their infamous “Fun Bunch” touchdown celebration, during a time the NFL was trying to do away with celebrations.
The NFL would get their wish the following year in 1983 during a Week 15 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, who were fighting for the lead in the NFC East for home field advantage in the playoffs.
After going up 21-10 from a 43-yard touchdown pass to Art Monk, the Fun Bunch went to “High Five” over the Dallas Star in the end zone. The secondary of Dallas of course wasn’t going to have it, and started to push and shove. Washington still high-fived over them, but both teams were given unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, and the following season it was banned.
Ever since the fun bunch, touchdown celebrations have slowly been removed from the NFL, and today we see it yet again.
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