After dunking at the Pro Bowl, Graham asks NFL to change the rule

AP

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got to do what he loves to do after scoring touchdowns at the Pro Bowl: He dunked the ball over the goal post.

Graham, whose dunk during the 2013 season knocked a goal post off balance and led to a rules change for 2014, wants the league to change the rule back and allow players to dunk in celebration again.

“That was amazing. For me, it made the entire week,” Graham said. “Hopefully, one day they’ll look back and change this rule so I can do it in a real game. And hopefully one day in the Super Bowl.”

The NFL rarely goes back on excessive celebration rules, so it seems unlikely that Graham will get his wish. But it would make more sense for the league to modify the rule so that players can dunk as long as they don’t touch the goal post: The point of the rule was to prevent games from being delayed by a goal post knocked off kilter, so as long as a player doesn’t touch the goal post when he dunks, it shouldn’t be against the rules.

The game, after all, should be fun. And for Graham, it’s fun to pay tribute to his basketball background when he scores a touchdown. At the Pro Bowl, he could do that again.

67 responses to “After dunking at the Pro Bowl, Graham asks NFL to change the rule

  1. “That was amazing. For me, it made the entire week,”

    Just play the game. Are you 12 years old?

  2. It is a stupid rule.

    The NFL allows wife beaters, convicted criminals, and other people play who have some off the field issues yet dunking a football over the goal posts hurts the NFL’s image?

    DUMB.

    But Gooddell will spend more time talking about the negative effects of goal post dunking than anything else, so good luck JG. Not happening though.

  3. It never would have been banned if he wouldn’t have bent the crossbar and caused a game to be delayed for 20-30 minutes. He has no one to blame but himself.

  4. He could have acted like he’s been there before. Though a dunk is better than dancing and shaking hips. Do team PR reps come of with these player’s individual signature celebrations?

  5. Dunking the ball over the goalpost is stupid. For as much as this guy talks about it, I’m starting to think he’s developing a condition. Just catch the ball, score the points, and get on with life man.

  6. It’s football, not basketball Jimmy. Learn to block, you and your overpaid salary are getting annoying.

    Learn to catch while you are at it.

    – Saints Fan.

  7. If making you happy didnt cause an almost unbearably long game to become completely UNbearable, I would understand.

    But you are the cause of this. You wrecked it for everyone. If you didnt bend the goalpost like an idiot, there wouldnt be a rule, and dunking would still be fine.

    Its all on your shoulders Graham.

  8. i understand his WANT to have fun, but his dunking has caused game delays and that’s one reason why it’s banned. if you don’t want to follow the rules, then quit playing football and go to the nba, then you can dunk all you want.

  9. I say let him do it and when he delays a game he pays the tab for all the beer during the delay.

    I think his need for attention needs to be adjusted with some professional help….like a good old fashion spanking by his parents that is way over do. He is acting like a very selfish brat..grow up dude.

  10. Either the NFL has to determine that the risk to the player and risk to the goal post aren’t important issues

    Or

    Jimmy Graham just needs to get over it. And, he does.

  11. Act like you’ve been there before and expect to be there again….you’re not in High School!

  12. So, MJS, you’re saying they should encourage players to do something that is likely to delay the game so long as they can do it well enough that it doesn’t delay the game?

    Uh….

  13. Can somebody tell this idiot that the league can’t afford to have these games held up to fix the goalposts so this moron can amuse himself

  14. If you weren’t such a stone head players would still be dunking over the goal post. Thanks to you it won’t be changing.

  15. Well, Jimmy is in luck. I looks like Saints’ players won’t have to worry about having to go to the Super Bowl rather than the Pro Bowl for quite some time.

  16. Change the rule? What, so we can debate all week long after a dunk about “did he or didn’t he actually touch the cross bar during his dunk?”

    No thanks.

    You know who had an awesome TD “celebration”? Barry Sanders. Score. Run to official. Hand him the ball. Go to sidelines. I’ll take class over brash any day of the week, and twice on Sunday’s.

  17. Sorry Jimmy.
    They’ll only institute personal rule changes if your name is Tom or Brady.

    No honor, no integrity, no remorse.
    That’s the Patriot Way…

  18. Most of the anti-celebration rules are pretty dumb, but the no-dunking is one of the few that actually makes sense. Graham has knocked down TWO goalposts with his nonsense, and he is an idiot if he can’t see why this rule exists.

  19. It is baffling to me to see people complain about how a football player celebrates. What difference does it make to you? I will give a cash reward to anyone that can give me a reasonable explanation for why they or anyone else would be personally offended by a guy dunking a football over a goal post. In what way does that effect you?

    People on here telling the guy to “grow up” should look in the mirror. What kind of adult wastes time worrying about how a football player celebrates an achievement? If you would just hand the ball to the ref, good for you. When you score a TD in the NFL you can celebrate it any way you want. But everyone doesn’t have to do things the exact way you would do it, and dunking the ball over the goal post doesn’t hurt anyone.

    I never cared about it one way or another before the No Fun League outlawed it, but I actually root for him to do it now to flaunt the League. Any time he scores in a blowout or any other time the 15 yards won’t kill the Saints, he should dunk the ball just to poke the League in the eye.

  20. There’s not enough anti celebration rules. Grow up your playing a game as professional athletes, act professional.

  21. I’m surprised nobody has ever torn up a knee doing that stupid dunking celebration. Have you seen how high they get up? And then they land on just one knee, sometimes awkwardly. It’s bound to happen.

  22. It is baffling to me to see people complain about how a football player celebrates. What difference does it make to you? I will give a cash reward to anyone that can give me a reasonable explanation for why they or anyone else would be personally offended by a guy dunking a football over a goal post. In what way does that effect you?

    People on here telling the guy to “grow up” should look in the mirror. What kind of adult wastes time worrying about how a football player celebrates an achievement? If you would just hand the ball to the ref, good for you. When you score a TD in the NFL you can celebrate it any way you want. But everyone doesn’t have to do things the exact way you would do it, and dunking the ball over the goal post doesn’t hurt anyone.

    I never cared about it one way or another before the No Fun League outlawed it, but I actually root for him to do it now to flaunt the League. Any time he scores in a blowout or any other time the 15 yards won’t kill the Saints, he should dunk the ball just to poke the League in the eye.

    You are funny in a very childish way. Rules are for other people not you. You hate cops until you get robbed. Everybody should get a trophy. You let other people defend our country….and I could go on. You are a selfish person that likes the rules you can break to your advantage and hide behind others to protect you. A real stand up dude…you should be proud..you have a right to mobilize others to seek a change in the rules until you do that..follow the rules…most adults do.

  23. These rules are nonsensical. No player should taunt another, ever. That’s bad sportsmanship. What the Redskins used to do that started us down this path was not disrespectful to other teams. Mocking another player, spiking the ball their feet, rubbing your butt on their goalpost–that’s disrespectful. Let them have fun, the fans love it, they love it. Punish the obvious disrespect (using pure common sense) with suspensions, otherwise let them play, dance, do their trademarked moves if they want–yes many of them look like total jackasses, but it aint hurting the game.

  24. Jimmy is the greatest TE/WR hybrid in the history of the known universe. He is that good and should be allowed to do his thing and make the rules for all to follow! I am no saints fan despite my username.

  25. That’s his only focus, dunking and getting paid from cheater Saints instead of winning the Super Bowl. No wonder they haven’t won Super Bowl, except with the bounty gate when they cheated.

  26. I liked the dunk, but Graham really ruined it for everyone by knocking the goal posts off kilter. His comments about reversing the rule were all about Jimmy. Jimmy wants to celebrate. Jimmy wants to be excited. Jimmy wants to dunk. Jimmy scored that TD all by himself. Jimmy can’t play the game unless Jimmy can dunk…. Plus Jimmy is copying another tight end who will be a first ballot hall of famer and was a better basketball player in college, Tony Gonzalez.

  27. The rule should be simple. (Hah, not in this keystone cop run league!) If you celebrate it’s cool as long as you don’t taunt an opposing player. Think of that moron Braylon Edwards dancing right in a Patriot player’s face to define “taunting” No Fun League.

  28. for real, you’re really taking this article way too serious. you act as if he had a “sunday conversation” regarding him dunking the football. get a life. he plays a sport that is emotional to say the least. do you do all this complaining after brady spikes the ball and gets in other players faces about it? get your panties out of your butts. he hasn’t done it since the preseason, so yes!…it felt good for him. everyone is not barry sanders, so get over it. stop watching if you don’t like it, but i know you won’t do that.

  29. Jimmy is wealthy enough to build his own set of goalposts right in his backyard. He can dunk all he wants there. Just don’t do it during a game when you risk a penalty, fine, and disruption of the game.

    I’m getting kind of tired of his need for attention.

  30. Maybe they should stop buying the nuts and bolts that hold the goal posts together from Wal-Mart and get some really good quality ones in there instead.

  31. If they really don’t want players to dunk, they could always raise that cross bar up another 10 feet or so.
    That will show ’em!

  32. 2ndand20 says: Jan 26, 2015 9:07 AM

    It is a stupid rule.

    The NFL allows wife beaters, convicted criminals, and other people play who have some off the field issues yet dunking a football over the goal posts hurts the NFL’s image?

    DUMB.

    But Gooddell will spend more time talking about the negative effects of goal post dunking than anything else, so good luck JG. Not happening though.

    The lack of comprehension is AMAZING. Image? Really? Try delaying the game to fix the posts. When was this ever about the “image”?

  33. wow look at all these haters here… everyone has a TD celebration but no ones taking those away from the players. let the man celebrate his TDs. gronk spikes the balls and deflates em, the packers do the lambeau leap and noone complains about delaying the games in those situations. as long as graham doesnt tough the goal post i dont see a problem. hating just because hes a saint player.

  34. The NFL jacked everything else around. Maybe they should lower the goal posts to 9 feet (or even 8) for the Pro Bowl to make dunking easier and less dangerous. Would make this useless game even more sizzle and less steak, which seems to be the goal of the NFL powers that be.

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