The NFL may stand for No Fun League after all.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been fined $11,576 by the NFL for his hilarious celebration after returning a punt 71 yards for a touchdown in last Sunday’s 45-10 blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
For those who haven’t seen the touchdown, it’s a brilliant play capped off by an even better celebration. Brown dodges tacklers, takes it to the end zone, and jumps crotch first at the goal, giving it a quick hug before flipping back on his feet while landing – scaring a security guard in the process. It was an exciting football play, but some may take issue with Brown celebrating so hard when the Steelers were up by 28 points with less than four minutes to play.
It’s not the first time a player has been fined for excessive celebration this season, and it won’t be the last.
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was fined $8,861 for a Week 4 nap celebration, which is pretty much the most harmless thing you can do to get fined.
The NFL has got rules, and players should abide by them, but every now and again a fine like Brown’s comes up which makes you question why they’re there in the first place. Can’t football players show a little personality on the field?