Mar 25, 2014 1:59 PM by Dave Fields
In a move that may come to be known as "The Jimmy Graham Rule", the NFL will penalize crossbar dunks as part of endzone celebrations.
NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, in a "Dan Patrick Show" interview, explained that next season an existing rule will be enforced that prohibits the use of the football or another object as a prop.
The goalpost dunk, although a common practice for years now, gained particular attention when New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham knocked the goalpost out of whack while dunking the ball through the uprights as part of a touchdown celebration during a Saints-Falcons game in the 2013 season.
"We grandfathered in some, the Lambeau Leap and things like that, but dunking will come out. 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," Blandino said.
According to Blandino, the endzone dunk will draw a flag from officials, but only in enforcement of the rule already in the rulebook.
Discussion of the goalpost dunk coincides with the competition committee consideration of several other rules, including the potential elevation of goalposts by five feet.
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