There have been many outrageous celebrations acted out by football players over the years.
Joe Horn pulling the cell phone out of the goal post padding, Randy Moss’ infamous mooning of Packers fans, Terrell Owens running out to midfield and planting the football on the Dallas Cowboys’ star at midfield.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman might top them all and will also take a dig at the NFL’s commercialized mindset. Norman has already been fined once for an impersonation of shooting a bow and arrow following an interception a couple of weeks ago, but he wants to take his celebrating to the next level.
“I’ll say this. Since they sell beer on TV while kids are watching it, I’m thinking I might open a keg on the field, and I’m going to drink it on the field,” Norman told For the Win’s Charlotte Wilder. “And I don’t see that being on the rule book.”
Norman’s bow and arrow routine also wasn’t listed as a forbidden way to celebrate, but the NFL didn’t really care.
While this celebration might resonate with college students and frat stars, it might not hit home with the average fan. What would Norman do then, if nobody gets the bit?
“If they don’t, I’ll explain it afterwards,” Norman told Wilder. “I was kind of like, if they’re doing that, then why can’t my celebration be legal? I mean, you’re selling ads on TV, so why can’t my celebration be legal? It’s a catch-22, man. These guys are serious.”
It does make sense. Norman would essentially be promoting beer consumption, which might make Bud Light rather happy. Then again, if Norman gets docked for shooting a bow and arrow, shouldn’t the league fine him for tapping a keg?
Those are the type of tricky situations the NFL has put itself in when enforcing its celebration policy. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see if Norman breaks out that celebration at Ford Field when the Redskins take on the Detroit Lions.