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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Jimmy Graham may be in the market for a new, sanctioned touchdown celebration. His signature dunk, it appears, finally will be blocked. The New Orleans Saints’ All-Pro tight end twice dunked the football over the crossbar Friday night after touchdown ...

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Old 08-17-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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Jimmy Graham Knows He Has To Give Up the Dunk Celebrations

Jimmy Graham may be in the market for a new, sanctioned touchdown celebration. His signature dunk, it appears, finally will be blocked.

The New Orleans Saints’ All-Pro tight end twice dunked the football over the crossbar Friday night after touchdown receptions against the Tennessee Titans, and twice drew unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for the celebration, which was made punishable by the NFL after last season. Graham's unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were two of 22 penalties called against the Saints on Friday in their 31-24 win.

So after a meeting with Coach Sean Payton, Graham said he will have to give up the tomahawks, two-handed powers and double-pumps that have made him a fan favorite in New Orleans, but one of which tilted the goal post during a game in Atlanta last season.

That dislodging caused a game delay while the structure was straightened, and led to the proposal and passage of a penalty for the move.

“For four years and however many touchdowns, I’ve always dunked it,” Graham said. “I’ve just got to stop doing that now.”

In Friday’s 31-24 victory over Tennessee in the preseason home opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Graham’s touchdown celebration twice caused the Saints to kick off following a 15-yard penalty. He scored on 6- and 19-yard passes, and finished with five catches for 48 yards.

“He and I met,” Payton said Sunday. “I’m his biggest fan. I’m sure as we get going here, that type of thing isn’t going to be a problem.


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Old 08-18-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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Jimmy hollering at Payton in a heated moment may be acceptable but when he sits down in a meeting with Payton good judgement wins out.
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“He and I met,” Payton said Sunday. “I’m his biggest fan. I’m sure as we get going here, that type of thing isn’t going to be a problem."
Sounds like Payton's getting soft. I expected "Trust me, he won't do it again."
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I don't like players getting pissed and yelling at coaches. Its bs and it looks terrible and shows a lack of discipline.
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Originally Posted by jnormand View Post
I don't like players getting pissed and yelling at coaches. Its bs and it looks terrible and shows a lack of discipline.
I agree 100%. You don't do it on the sidelines in a game, ever.
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