It seems even the referees, who are hired by the league, have had enough with some of the NFL’s rules.
Over the years, fans and media have dubbed the National Football League the “no fun league,” thanks largely in part to what are considered frivolous penalties and fines handed down by the NFL.
From uniform violations such as wearing a fallen teammate’s number on their eye black – this happened in 2008 to safety Ryan Clark after he wrote “21” on his eye black in honor of teammate Sean Taylor who had met an untimely and tragic death the year before – to excessive celebration penalties. It seems the league is getting harsher and harsher on players both on the field and in their bank accounts.
Cam Newton Made Dabbing Famous
There’s also the case of former 49-ers running back Frank Gore who was fined $15,000 for wearing his socks too low.
But it isn’t just uniform violations that get players fined huge sums of money for doing seemingly very little to garner them in the grand scheme of things.
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Troy Polamalu was once fined $10,000 for using a member of the Steelers medical staff’s cell phone to call his wife after sustaining a vicious hit in 2011 to let her know he was ok.
Wide receiver Randy Moss was hit with a $10,000 fine for pretending to moon the crowd after scoring a TD against the Packers in 2005.
Moss isn’t the only player that has been fined for a touchdown celebration.
Victor Cruz Danced His Way Into The Hearts Of Americans
Giants wideout Victor Cruz is widely known for his “salsa dance” after catching TDs. He has been fined several times since 2012 but briefly, put the salsa celebration on hold before implementing it back into his routine this past season.
So, what’s the big deal with TD dance?
There are certain ones you can do and certain ones you can’t. The league likes portraying a certain family-friendly image and they want their players to follow suit.