The NFL has expanded its touchdown celebration rules for 2017:
It's time to celebrate … again.
In a letter to NFL fans, commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that the league is relaxing the rules on celebrations "to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays." The decision came after Goodell had conversations with more than 80 current and former players.
Here are a few examples of celebrations that will be allowed after scores under the new policy:
- Using the football as a prop after a TD
- Celebrating on the ground
- Group demonstrations
"We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown," Goodell wrote. "And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements."
Goodell added: "In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes. That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.
"We know we have more work to do. We are grateful to the many current and retired players who engaged with us on this topic and we look forward to ongoing dialogue with them as we continue to work to improve this game we all love."