A former basketball player and one of the tallest receivers in football, Saints TE Jimmy Graham wants the NFL to reconsider itsban on dunking the football.
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham hopes the NFL will change its stance on dunking footballs as a postgame celebration after doing it twice during the 2015 Pro Bowl.
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After scoring each of his two TDs for Team Irvin in their win over Team Carter in the 2015 Pro Bowl, Graham dunked the football over the goalpost, a move that was extremely popular in New Orleans until the NFL placed a ban on the action and threatened Graham with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for doing so.
“That was amazing. For me, it made the entire week,” Graham said after the game. “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 rule they imposed to prevent moves like that was given the nickname “The Jimmy Graham rule.” But very rarely does the NFL eliminate rules that it deems “unsportsmanlike.” However, some argue that the penalty at the very least should be changed so players can dunk provided they don’t touch the goal post, since one of the fundamental issues that led to the rule was to prevent delays in games by a goal post knocked off its track in anyway.
Perhaps the NFL could adjust the rule to allow for some mimic-dunking that doesn’t involve hitting the goalpost…?