Roger Goodell Looking Forward To Seeing Antonio Brown Celebrate In 2017


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is apparently looking forward to seeing Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrate quite a bit in the end zone this season.

Brown, who was apparently in New York visiting the NFL offices on Monday, posted a quick video of himself with Goodell.

โ€œWith the best commissioner in the game โ€” weโ€™re allowed to celebrate now,โ€ Brown said and after Goodell slapped him twice on the shoulder he voiced his approval.

“Let’s do it,” Goodell said.

A few months ago, it was announced that NFL celebration rules have been loosened for the 2017 season and that means players will now be allowed to use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and even roll around on the ground if they like. This is great news for Brown, who was fined at least three times for excessive celebrations last season.

Brown was reportedly first fined $9,115 last season for twerking in the end zone following a touchdown reception during the Steelers regular season road opener against the Washington Redskins opener. He also was fined another $24,309 for twerking following a score in the Steelers Week 4 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Later in the season, in the Steelers win over the Indianapolis Colts, Brown was penalized and ultimately fined another $24,309 for a choreographed celebration with running back Leโ€™Veon Bell following a score. If those celebratory fines weren’t enough, Brown was also reportedly docked $6,076 for wearing unapproved shoes in the game against the Redskins.

While twerking is reportedly still a no-no in the NFL’s eyes, at least if it includes three or more pelvic thrusts, the leeway players now have moving forward should allow Brown enough creative liberty to avoid fines and celebration penalties in 2017. At least we hope.

“It’s amazing,” Brown said following one of the Steelers OTA practices a few weeks ago. “I’m sure the guys are looking forward to it, the O-line, some of the guys who don’t get to celebrate with the guys who are getting in the end zone. I think it will be fun.”

With the above celebratory rule change noted, teams will now have a time clock on them moving forward.

“There is no set time limit on how long such celebrations can continue. But the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games,” the Associated Press reported several weeks ago. “The 40-second play clock will begin once an official signals a touchdown and teams will have to snap the ball for their extra-point play by the end of the clock.”

By the looks of things, Brown had settle up his 2016 tab on Monday.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    When you’re a bigger celebrity than the NFL Commissioner…

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    What the hell!?!
    AB, GET THE HELL AWAY FROM HIM!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ค

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Did AB pay off the commish? He looks too happy

  • nutty32

    “After tax money?” I’m no CPA, but would be shocked if league fines weren’t deductible in one way or another (business expense or charity deduction-as I believe all fines go to full 504 charitable organizations).

  • Michael James

    Oh I bet Harrison is going to have a word with Brown about the “best commisioner in the game” line…

  • And the league takes yet another step towards being like the WWE

  • dany

    Sure but lets’ be fair, what’s better letting them be loose and have fun while playing a game or the rigid no fun league of the past few years?? I agree there’s a line, but this ain’t it

  • RickM

    The Associated Press statement seems wrong to misleading. All TD’s are subject to review. I assume the review will take place, and when the head official confirms the TD call on the field the 40-second clock will start. The clock can’t start when “an official signals a TD”. There’d be no time for even a minimal celebration and the TD wouldn’t be confirmed.

    As for Goodell actually looking forward to the celebrations, the orchestrated P.R. effort to seem more relevant to millenials is in high gear.

  • nutty32

    Great avi – that 1977 topps set was just awesome.

  • AndyR34

    RickM – last sentence is spot on. I really can’t imagine GODell being happy about this.

  • Dan

    He’ll then receive a “random” drug test.

  • Dan

    It’s about time the NFL loosens the reigns on celebrations. Some of these scoring plays are downright spectacular, let them have fun.

  • Ni mo

    So goodell is going to walk them in the SB maybe AB gave him some $$

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    He’s the only commissioner in the game. Way to compliment him without complimenting him AB. Nice job cozying up to Roger as well. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. It’s no secret GODell isn’t a huge fan of our roster. We can use all the good will Brown can drum up. Maybe he can get his QB some protection from the officials too!

  • Jacob

    Tell me the video is a fake…please.

  • Jacob

    “The best commissioner in the game.”

    Well, that was easy to say… there is only one commissioner. He’s also the worst commissioner in the game.

  • kakello34

    Not sure I like the 40 second play clock thing. I like seeing replays and listening to commentary on how it happened and defensive breakdowns etc. Now its just another reason to rush into the next commercial, as they always do as soon as the ball goes through the uprights.

  • Keith Evans

    Good way of slowing the game down even more….zzzzzzzz

  • VaDave

    Gift tax? LOL!! Or if the funds were in a qualified account ( IRA, tax deferred annuity would require a 10% penalty for withdrawal before age 59 1/2. Steve Young’s $40 million dollar USFL contract was funded by an annuity, not up front cash. I would not be surprised if a goodly portion of AB $40 mil was in an annuity as well.

  • VaDave

    ….

  • Timothy Rea

    It’s good for the sport to have them celebrate and have fun. Long as they don’t tear an ACL celebrating.

  • pittfan

    Maybe we’ll see AB do the Spider Monkey again?!?!

  • Agree. Them being loose and have fun while playing is a definite advantage via one “Mr. Hines Ward”, for example. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yes…not to mention the underdog TE Randy Grossman as well ๐Ÿ™‚