Saints tight end Jimmy Graham wants NFL to change TD dunk rule

Monday January 26th, 2015

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said he hopes the league reverses the rule that prohibits dunking the football over the crossbar of the goal post.

The NFL banned the action last year and said those who dunked the ball would be penalized for the celebration. 

In a 2013 Thursday night game against the Atlanta Falcons, Graham bent the goalpost at the Georgia Dome after one of his scores, causing a brief delay as workers came in to straighten the bar.

Graham also dunked the ball twice in the preseason, drawing 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike contact for “using the ball as a prop” and receiving $30,000 worth of fines.

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Graham scored twice during Sunday’s Pro Bowl and dunked after each score. He was not penalized for either celebration. 

“That was amazing. For me, it made the entire week,” Graham said, according to the Associated Press. “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.”

Graham finished the game with three catches for 30 yards.

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