"We are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has officially announced that the league will be allowing players "more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements."
In simpler terms, they're lightening up the strict touchdown celebration rules.
Starting next season players will be able to use the ball as a prop in celebrations, celebrate in groups, and celebrate on the ground (snow angels). Twerking is still out.
Per the official press release,
"Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays."
"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."
Check out some examples of acceptable touchdown celebrations below.