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Keenan Allen remembers sitting at home a decade ago, watching the likes of Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson waltz into the end zone.
If their big plays didn’t make him sit up in his chair, the ensuing celebrations would.
“It was must watch, man! It was dope! You’d watch them and want them to score so badly so you could see what they would do next time in the end zone.”
Now Allen gets a chance to match their creativity.
The NFL announced on Tuesday that they are relaxing the rules on celebrations. In a letter to fans, Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements. In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes. That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.”
So what can fans expect from KA13 when he gets into the end zone?
“I got some tricks up my sleeve so stay tuned! Hopefully I can incorporate some things with the team when I (score). It’ll be tight! I’m excited to see guys in the NFL and what they do like Odell Beckham Jr, Antonio Brown and Travis Kelce. And of course Melvin (Gordon).”
The Chargers running back just laughs when told Allen has high expectations for him.
“I might do the worm or something!” he said. “The changes are going to be fun. I’ll be celebrating with my dogs out there. Keenan and I got some things we’re planning. You’ll have to stay tuned.”
Still, the running back cautioned things won’t get too crazy.
“I’ve never been a big celebrator. Some guys it’s just not in their swag, and I used to get yelled at for celebrating. Plus, I didn’t want to get fined! Now I’ll have to be a little more (creative). We’ll see what happens. I’m sure fans want to see us show out, but it depends on the guy. Barry Sanders played in the days when guys would celebrate, and he didn’t do much. So we’ll see. I liked to watch those guys back then, though TO was probably a little too much!” Read