Earl Thomas: NFL needs to take a cue from NBA and let players be creative

Thomas wants more fun in the NFL. (USATSI)

NBA All-Star Weekend was a huge boon for the league, with a Steph Curry/Klay Thompson shootout, an Aaron Gordon/Zach LaVine dunk contest and Kobe Bryant's final All-Star Game serving as A-list highlights. It even struck a chord in the NFL.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas in particular took note, sending out a tweet on Sunday night directed at the NFL and asking the league to let players "express our creativity."

The NFL's developed a reputation as the "No Fun League" over the past few years.

Don't bother hiding a cell phone in a goal post like Joe Horn did with the Saints back in the day -- you'll be summarily executed on live television. (Or maybe the league will suspend you four games and launch a six-month investigation into the phone. Who knows.)

Although maybe Thomas is referring to the Pro Bowl? It's the equivalent of the NBA All-Star Game, it's just hard to imagine there needing to be more creativity in the Pro Bowl.

It's the regular-season games that are too tightly policed, with the NFL trying to keep players in check when it should be more focused on stuff like, you know, figuring out what a catch is.

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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