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NFL says dunking on goal posts will be a penalty in 2014

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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The NFL passed a pair of rule proposals at the 2014 NFL owners' meetings but they also managed to outlaw dunking on goal posts, apparently.

NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday that dunking on the goal post -- or using the goal post or crossbar as a prop -- will be illegal in 2014.

The NFL will penalize goal post dunking beginning in 2014.
The NFL will penalize goal post dunking beginning in 2014. (USATSI)

"That was grandfathered in. We put in a rule about five or six years ago about using the ball as a prop," Blandino said. "We grandfathered in the Lambeau Leap and some things like that. But dunking will come out. Using the ball as a prop -- or using any object as a prop, like the goal post or cross bar -- that will come out and that will be a foul next season."

If you're feeling extra conspiratorial, look at the circumstances involving the timing of this decision.

You have Jimmy Graham, a very talented tight end for the Saints, known for doing this:

Who happened to do this in the Georgia Dome last season:

The Georgia Dome is the home of the Falcons, who no longer employ (because we do!) Tony Gonzalez, who actually inspired Graham to begin with:

And the Falcons President and CEO is Rich McKay, who happens to be on the Competition Committee.

But that's all just a coincidence. The real reason the NFL decided to do this now? Because the goal post can be bent -- like Graham did -- and that causes awkward delays and could be completely disastrous if a goal post ever actually fell.

It's probably a smart move in terms of protecting against a worst-case scenario but that doesn't mean anyone's going to like it. Especially Jimmy Graham.

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