The Colt’s special teams used to huddle up and dance before kickoffs. It was like an impromptu Hakka to some bass heavy rap or rock song…
The next year it was illegal because it was intimidating.
This all started because of the fights after celebrations in the 90’s. Instead of fining the shit out of the fighters, they hammered the “instigators”. And it’s slid down the slope from there. For every harmless jump shot, there is Terrell Owens standing on the star in Dallas.
Frankly, you don’t want TO standing on your emblem, keep him out of the end zone. And I’d say that was a bit more than a celebration, but taunting. But again, the dude who hit him should have been ejected.
I used to enjoy the Iggy shuffle. And the end zone dances, and the group things… It was fun, and sometimes people get pissed, and we dealt with that. But people were freaking out about the violence in football.
I also think we should weaken the facemasks and reduce the padding. John Madden had a great article about that. We are making these guys into cars out there. You won’t lead with your helmet if it hurts.