Aug 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates by dunking over the goalpost following a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during second quarter of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL has yet to stop Jimmy Graham from trademark TD dunk

The New Orleans Saints’ tight end, Jimmy Graham, caught his first touchdown pass of the preseason Friday night, then immediately drew his first 15-yard penalty for dunking over the field goal.

The NFL outlawed Graham’s trademark touchdown celebration during the offseason, categorizing it as a “taunting” penalty in which the ball is used as a “prop.” It has affectionately been referred to as the “Jimmy Graham rule” since it was inspired by the tight end knocking goal posts ajar on two separate occasions.

Though Graham did promise to be smart about not hurting his team, Saints fans should not be surprised by his rebellious antics in Friday nights game against the Tennessee Titans. He did the same thing two weeks ago during the Black and Gold game which was being officiated by visiting NFL officials explaining this season’s new rule.

Graham took to Twitter to express his thoughts with fans about the flag he received at the scrimmage.


Graham’s touchdown Friday came on a 6-yard pass thrown from backup quarterback Luke McCown on the opening drive. McCown was filling in for Drew Brees who again sat out with an oblique injury he suffered in practice Aug. 1. Brees is expected to be healthy and back for regular season.


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