NFL to penalize players for goal post dunks

Call it the Jimmy Graham Rule.

NFL Head of Officials Dean Blandino confirmed to the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday that the league will be penalizing players who dunk over the goal post.

The rule change comes in the midst of the NFL meetings in Orlando, but was first mentioned last week. The league reportedly became concerned after one of Graham’s dunks knocked the goal post off-kilter last season, resulting in a stoppage of play.

Suffice it to say, however, it’s not a popular amendment.

The “No Fun League” strikes again.

Zack Kelberman
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  • qbdraw

    I still love football but I am starting to seriously hate the NFL. Seriously. (and I wish I wasn’t so addicted)

  • JayJayJo

    LOL. Wow, they can’t make a goalpost reliable enough to take a dunk? Can’t we just remove them forever? Goodell no likey kickers anyway

  • Rudy

    Go ahead and make up your petty rule! But play fair and bring back helmet2helmet contact you know ,the way football was intended to be played! OH! And please don’t tell us that in the near future our players will have to wear mini-skirts on the field! Its nice too see someone is getting paid the big bucks to make up STUPID rules! Now if you will excuse me, I have to go referee a game of checkers to make sure nobody gets hurt!