If Saints tight end Jimmy Graham still intends to lead the league in penalties, he’ll need to find something other than the goalpost dunk.
On Sunday, two days after getting a pair of flags for a pair of post-touchdown Fine Slamma Jammas, Graham said he’s moving on from his trademark move.
“For four years and however many touchdowns I always dunked it,” Graham said, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Time-Picayune. “I just got to stop doing that now.”
While that will get him a pass from Sean Payton’s doghouse, it likely won’t allow Graham to escape the inevitable financial ramifications that will arise from Friday night’s decision to ignore not once but twice the league’s decision to erase the exception to the rule against the use of props.
“That’s just the rule, which is unfortunate because I just love the game,” Graham said. “I have a lot of passion for the game. I go out there on Sunday and it’s fun for me. It’s just fun. Act like a little kid out there, and sometimes I act like it.”
The rule became the rule because Graham knocked the goalpost askew last year on a Thursday night against Atlanta. It he hadn’t, he’d still be able to throw it down after every score.