Jimmy Graham dunks after touchdown, gets flagged

AP

The NFL made it a penalty to dunk the ball over the crossbar after a touchdown this season, a move that seemed to rob Saints tight end Jimmy Graham of his signature move.

Graham didn’t let it stop him on Friday night, though. Graham caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Luke McCown to cap the Saints’ first drive of their contest against the Titans and then got cheers from the Superdome crowd as he dunked the ball in celebration.

Graham, who tweeted that he’d lead the league in penalties this year when the rule was adopted, was promptly flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and will likely be fined by the league.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune was watching the Saints sideline as Graham came off the field and reports that coach Sean Payton didn’t say a word to the tight end as he went by. Unless he’s cut from a different breed than most coaches, though, he’s not going to be crazy about giving up 15 yards on kickoffs once the games start counting.

73 responses to “Jimmy Graham dunks after touchdown, gets flagged

  1. He’s an idiot if he continues this come the regular season. This is the definition of a player putting himself above the team. Should it be a penalty? No, but it is. Follow the rules Jimmy.

    Also… I’m Jimmy 🙂

  2. Selfish player. More concerned with his moronic “celebration” than the team losing 15 yards for his stupidity.

  3. NFL is no fun, what is so hard about saying, if you disrupt the goal post in anyway you get a 15 yard penalty or something like that… let the guy dunk, just cant touch the rim.

    This league has just about trashed every tradition we had growing up watching the game. Destroyed the draft, adding playoff teams, games overseas. What a joke.

  4. Can it really be his “signature move” if dozens of players did it prior to him being in the NFL?

  5. How are his teammates letting him get away with this?

    Guess those who think Jimmy should keep on dunking can’t get mad at the offensive lineman for getting holding penalties then…

  6. He can afford the fine and it’s a Preseason game. If he does it in a regular season game I’m sure Payton will let him know…

  7. This is the same guy who called out the Seahawks before the game and went out and put up one catch for eight yards. The audio was priceless. “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Jimmy!!”

  8. So he whines for more money in the offseason and gets it then proceeds to purposely get a penalty that will likely draw a fine. Gotcha!

  9. I’ll bet Peyton told him to go ahead and do it just so he could get a look at the kick coverage unit in preseason. With so many balls flying out of the back of the end zone on kickoffs it can be tough to get a good look at the coverage units. That’s why Peyton didn’t say a word after it happened

  10. I wouldn’t know for sure of course, but I’m guessing Payton knew that if Graham scored he was going to dunk. And it gives these coaches a “situation” to practice kicking off from deep in their own end. This is a practice game.

  11. Two touchdowns, two penalties. I’ll take that all night. At least the kick off team gets to actually practice coverage.

  12. Honestly that guy is so dominant against those little db’s I’d just let him do it.

    He makes the other players appear feminine.

  13. he boasted he would lead the league in penalties this year?? maybe the nfl should say if you do it 3 times on the 4th you miss a game….i am pretty sure that will end his dunks.

  14. And he did it again on his second TD. This time Sean Payton had something to say to him as he came off the field.

    I don’t think this will continue into regular season. It’s the first game back in the Superdome and it’s only preseason let him have his fun. The fans love it.

  15. Seems they added this rule after Tony Gonzalez retired (for a second and final time). No one could dunk like him!

  16. Ever watch Premier League or really any soccer match? See the joy players exhibit when they score? Whats so wrong with that? Why are we legislating happiness out of the NFL? I know its run by a bunch of sour old guys, but it’s kind of fun when you score, you know?

  17. Just another player who feels they are better than the game. Gödel as well as the Saints should take a chunk out of his paycheck.

  18. Not a Saints fan but I think it was an awesome way to let Goodell know what he and everyone else thinks of that ridiculous rule. I highly doubt he will do it in the regular season.

  19. Everyone calling him “selfish” and acting surprised has obviously not been watching the nfl over the past 20 years.

  20. Good for him. It’s just another of the NFL’s stupid rules designed to make everyone think football players are emotionless robots instead of human beings. Why? Well because it’s easier on the NFL’s image if looks like robots are being played and physically wrecked then thrown away instead of the reality that they are human beings being physically wrecked and thrown away. Look at how hard the league has fought against taking care of it’s players post career yet they have no trouble paying Goodell 40M a season to be their puppet. Tell me why half of Goodell’s salary couldn’t go to supporting ex players. Tell me why Goodell needs to be paid 40M a year. Tell me he couldn’t get by on 20M.

  21. His teammates support him because his sponsor is sending breakfast their way. Fines are also paid by Dunkin’ Donuts.

  22. Boy I’d love for him to do that in a playoff game for the go ahead score with under a minute, and the other team running back the ensuing kickoff to knock them out!

  23. It has nothing to do with being a team player, or any of the other crap that people are saying. The NFL is trying to impose it’s stupid will on teams/players once again. The fans don’t have a problem with it, so why does the NFL? Huh, what horrible thing happens when a player “dunks” the football? Getting in another player’s face, that I get, but a dunk? It was fine all those years that Tony G. did it. Stop busting on Graham and focus on the true “not a team player”, the NFL and its dictatorship.

  24. Thanks Goodell for draining all fun and exuberance and spontaneity out of professional football.

  25. If they push back the extra point, put the penalty on the extra point. Coach Payton will react a little different if it takes a point off the board. And maybe the lonely kicker will say something

  26. Everybody think the New Orleans Saints is a undisciplined team they are not a undisciplined team, they just having fun in the preseason. When it comes to regular season you will see a different team on they way to the Super Bowl, stop hating on Jimmy Graham he will be alright he knows what he can do and cannot do. Let football be football here in America who want to pay top dollars just to see guys run up and down the field keep the entertainment in the game Roger Goodell just because you can’t play don’t make it boring for the ones that can play. Put up some real goal are turn the NFL into a height limit no one over 6′ feets then you owners and fans wouldn’t have to worry yourselves about dunging. (Case Closed)!!!

  27. Man you clowns act like the dude dunk during a game that actually means something. You’re talking bout preseason not the regular season, preseason.

  28. yes it’s kind of lame that they had to make this a rule, but anyone who has a real problem with it must have missed the game last year when graham nearly brought the crossbar down, and the refs and stadium staff had to spend ten minutes getting it level and delaying the game.

  29. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 15, 2014 8:41 PM

    NFL is no fun, what is so hard about saying, if you disrupt the goal post in anyway you get a 15 yard penalty or something like that… let the guy dunk, just cant touch the rim.

    This league has just about trashed every tradition we had growing up watching the game. Destroyed the draft, adding playoff teams, games overseas. What a joke.
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    The rule was made because he bend a goal post last year and they had to delay the game to fix it.

  30. What’s next? Taking away the Lambeau Leap?
    That is the best and greatest celebration in all of sports through time. They better never, ever take away that most unselfish celebration that involves the greatest fans in all of football.

  31. Calm down people. And by the way, he didn’t just do it once — he did it twice. It’s pre-season. Who cares? If he does it in the regular season (which he won’t) it will be a different story.

    In the mean time it’s a tougher test for Dimke on the kickoff, which is fine because they are evaluating him anyway.

  32. packmanfan says:

    What’s next? Taking away the Lambeau Leap?
    That is the best and greatest celebration in all of sports through time. They better never, ever take away that most unselfish celebration that involves the greatest fans in all of football.
    ____________________

    The Lambeau Leap is delay of game and should be penalized.

    It’s not an “unselfish celebration” – and it doesn’t involve the “greatest fans in all of football”.

    FWIW – the original Lambeau Leap was done by LeRoy Butler – a defensive player. Defensive players don’t score very many touchdowns – and it was a spontaneous celebration for a team that hadn’t made the playoffs of a full regulation season in decades.

    For a WR, RB, or TE to do a Lambeau Leap is the same thing as Graham doing his Dinky Dunk.

    Act like a professional and hand the ball to the ref – then go high 5 your teammates on your way back to the bench.

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