Just because the NFL will be penalizing players who dunk over the crossbar doesn't mean players won't be dunking over the crossbar. Take Calvin Johnson for instance. The Lions wide receiver said this week that he plans on sticking with his normal end zone celebration.
"I'm still going to dunk," Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. "I just won't touch the rim."
Even if Johnson doesn't touch the "rim," he'll most likely still be penalized if he dunks in a game. The No Fun League decided in March that dunks aren't good for the game. Actually, it's not just dunks -- the league decided that almost all scoring celebrations are bad.
"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," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said at the time.
Dunking had never really been a problem in the NFL until Saints tight end Jimmy Graham delayed a game in November when the goal posts couldn't handle one of his dunks. The picture below is why Megatron is promising not to touch the rim.
Oooops! pic.twitter.com/LXsSniOF7C— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) November 22, 2013
If Johnson does dunk in 2014, he won't be the only one. It sounds like Graham plans on keeping his favorite touchdown celebration going too.