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The NFL’s 11 Best Touchdown Dances, in Honor of Its New Rules

 

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In a letter addressed to fans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced changes to the league’s celebration policy. The rule change is a marked difference from the years of restrictions and limitations—including penalties for choreographed dances, dunking on field-goal posts, and diving to the ground—the league has enforced on touchdown celebrations. “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown,” Goodell wrote to fans on Tuesday. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”

You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from a fanbase largely deprived of watching players express themselves. Some might even say the move is a ploy to market the sport to younger viewers, who have noticed the freedom NBA players have to express themselves on and off the floor. Here are some of the newly aboveboard NFL celebrations, courtesy of the commish:

    1. Using the football as a prop after a touchdown.
    2. Celebrating on the ground (welcome back, snow angels).
    3. Group demonstrations.

 

While we won’t be seeing any pelvic thrusts anytime soon, the rule change is reason enough to celebrate—with, of course, a look back at the best touchdown celebrations in recent memory:

Mike Tolbert does the Carlton:

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John Brown is too excited to contain himself:

Cam’s gonna Cam:

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This backup QB is more excited than the player who actually scored the touchdown:

This is a solid 20 seconds:

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Odell Beckham Jr. pays tribute to Michael Jackson:

Rob Gronkowski’s “broken toy soldier” dance:

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Cheerleaders!

The “on my way to the endzone” dance:

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Snow angels galore:

Deion Sanders’ “Let’s go primetime”:

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