Ezekiel Elliott Wants League To Loosen Up On Celebrations


When Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott hopped into the Salvation Army kennel last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was penalized with a 15-yard penalty. However, Elliott was not fined by the league.

Nonetheless, Elliott wants the league to be more fun moving forward.

“I think actually it’s kind of sad because something I looked forward to just getting to the NFL growing up was just being able to have more fun, the rules loosen up, being able to celebrate,” the rookie running back said. “I think it’s definitely sad the NFL is just being so strict on celebrations that they’re not letting us, who are the best at what we do, [celebrate]. I think we should have a little bit of leeway. We should be able to have a little more fun. I think it’s entertainment to the fans. I think they’re taking a little bit of the fun out of this pro game.”

Over the years, the NFL has been labeled as the “No Fun League” by fans, players, and media members alike. In other sports, you see athletes celebrate their success without harsh penalties. Maybe one day the NFL will get with the program or maybe this is just wishful thinking.

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.