Goodell tells players they can make snow angels, use the ball as a prop


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has officially informed players that the league is backing off its heavy-handed approach to penalizing celebrations.

In a letter to players, Goodell wrote that previously penalized celebrations, including making snow angels, using the ball as a prop and engaging in group demonstrations, will now be legal.

“Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays,” Goodell wrote. “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”

The league will still penalize some celebrations, including “offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent.”

That’s just common sense. Last year the league went way too far in policing celebrations. This year players will be encouraged to have a little fun.

63 responses to “Goodell tells players they can make snow angels, use the ball as a prop

  1. It’s about time. Just one of the new rules Goodell put in place that he should have never messed with in the first place. If you score a TD you should be able to celebrate, not everyone gets a trophy!

  2. It will be interesting to see what happens. I can see some of the coaches philosophies playing out in this. For example, if Rex Ryan, who was labeled as a “player coach” was still coaching you might see a celebration that included all 11 players on the field. On the other hand, I would be surprised to see anything change celebration-wise for the Patriots.

  3. Some players will spend more time practicing their celebrations than football. I will bet one or 2 even try to trade mark a celebrations.

  4. Sounds okay as long as they can keep players from celebrating first downs or big hits when their teams are down by 30 points.

  5. I wish every single NFL player would band together to troll Goodell for this upcoming season by celebrating a touchdown ala Barry Sanders… cross the goal line, quietly hand the ball to a ref, and jog to the sidelines. I always admired Sanders for his non-celebrations, a statement of team rather than a statement of Look at Me.

  6. Just more ways the receivers can show a lack of class. What the hell ever happened to handing the ball to the ref and getting off the field.

  7. Just wait until the 1st time someone on the Patriots celebrates against the Ravens. Harbaugh will run crying to the league and the rule will be changed immediately.

    Harbaugh will then instruct his players to make snow angels during the next 3 games. All will fail.

    Face it, we’ve seen this play out before…

  8. whoo hoo! Cant wait for the season to start so i can watch all the awesome celebrations…esp the snow angels…those are my fave!

  9. I would bet Chad Johnson is smiling ear to ear!. What’s that? Born too soon? Ocho?

  10. I give this 2 years before the rule is changed back, maybe even one.

    It shouldnt take long before we start seeing choreographed hip hop dance routines after every touch down.

  11. Terrible idea!

    I was horribly upset by players making snow angels, or when Ezekial Elliot jumped into the Salvation Army pot. And when Marshawn Lynch was televised eating Skittles, well, that was almost WW3.

    Can you imagine anything worse than Snow Angels?
    The player should have been suspended.

    PS – I’m glad Rodger was exited.

    How about this: “We are relaxing the celebration rules, blah blah”

  12. Does this mean that using the football as a prop to simulate dropping a deuce in the end zone is still frowned upon?

  13. Everybody is all for it till there is a group celebration celebrating a TD from a team that is down 40 points in the 4th quarter.

  14. Does the NFL have to take the fun out of everything? It has gotten so lame over the past decade. If you want to see what a stale, sterile product the NFL has become, watch the NHL playoffs and see what genuine excitement and intensity look like.

  15. You may think this makes you hip Roger but I have news for you-
    You are still a numb nut

  16. Back in the day players celebrated to entertain the fans. Now these young players are all about “look at me” and trying to build their “brand”.I loved when Ezekial Elliott got props for bringing “awareness” to the Salvation Army by jumping in their cup after a td. Only a moron would believe he did it with that intention.

  17. oldhuskerfan says:
    May 23, 2017 1:37 PM
    Just more ways the receivers can show a lack of class. What the hell ever happened to handing the ball to the ref and getting off the field.

    Get off my lawn!!!!!

  18. Let the choreography begin…MC Hammer may just get a job as a consultant.
    Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh…

  19. I would like to see the officials begin the play clock within 15 – 20 seconds after a TD. Let the play clock run down while they re-enact “dancing with the stars”.

  20. Very happy about this move by Goodell and long overdue. Last thing the game needs is more interruptions for needless penalties.

  21. No big deal. Almost all celebrations are boring and not worth watching.

  22. Fridays will also be Hawaiian shirt day. So feel free to wear jeans and a Hawaiian shirt guys if you are feeling zany.

  23. Too bad they didn’t bother to speak with those 80 some odd players regarding OT and the catch rule while they were at it.

  24. qbarrel says:
    May 23, 2017 2:28 PM

    Does the NFL have to take the fun out of everything?

    Nope. They just do it because they are inept.

  25. Oh gawd….please no….nooooo. I can’t stand watching Cam Newton celebrate. Now its just going to be pure torture.

    BTW – Cam, get that dumb towel off your head!

  26. Steve Smith Sr., the father of the snow angel celebration, is happy.

    I just loved it when he did that during a game in Miami when it was 450 degrees.

  27. Waffle 2.0 says:
    May 23, 2017 3:20 PM
    Fridays will also be Hawaiian shirt day. So feel free to wear jeans and a Hawaiian shirt guys if you are feeling zany.


    You have the best post. ‘Office Space’ Worked in a place that was just like that, back in the day.

  28. So, now instead of tons of crappy commercials we can watch as the tv crews make us watch choreographed dances? Can’t wait to see some team do a “football gang rape” in the end zone as they pass it along the “train” – going to be almost as fun as discussing all of those Cialis commercials with my young son.

  29. LOL at all the old conservatives whining about the “look at me” celebrations. Sports are an emotional exercise with thousands of fans screaming. You can’t expect all players to act like “ole Barry Sanders” and hand the ball off to the ref with zero emotion while the fans go crazy and the music is blaring with fireworks (sometimes).

    We’re seeing the ebb and flow of celebrations and penalties. Players push the limits and the NFL reacts with an even heavier hand. It’s the few (Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Jimmy Graham) who ruin it for everyone. The NFL’s rules made it “look at me” because they outlawed group celebrations. I’m glad they relaxed the rule because scoring a TD requires a TEAM effort.

    I love it when a running back gives the ball to the lineman to spike. After all, the big guys opened the hole for them.

  30. Yes! That’s the reason fans drop hundreds of dollars to see players do snow-angels. Who cares!

  31. WOW…. with his ability to make major decisions like this, Roger should give himself a raise…

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