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These five TD celebrations from 2016 shouldn’t have drawn a fine

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris celebrated his touchdown reception from nose tackle Dontari Poe by pretending to use the football as a putter .
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris celebrated his touchdown reception from nose tackle Dontari Poe by pretending to use the football as a putter . jsleezer@kcstar.com

Well, this should be music to the ears of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday tweeted that the league is relaxing rules on touchdown celebrations.

“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,” Goodell wrote in a message on the NFL’s website.

“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.”

Kelce, who in the past has danced to “Feliz Navidad” and Hit the Quan after scoring a touchdown, avoided a fine last season for celebrating (but he did get fined for the Foot Locker reference and throwing a towel at a referee).

Here are five celebrations from the 2016 season that resulted in a fine under the old (and stupid) NFL rules.

1. The first touchdown of Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe’s NFL career resulted in a fine. He scored against the Packers and then had the audacity to pretend that he had fallen asleep.

2. Washington tight end Vernon Davis used the goal posts as a basketball hoop and shot the football threw it. That blatant blurring of sports lines got him fined.

3. Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor paid homage to LeBron James’ pregame ritual, and that obviously was a terrible thing to do.

4. Panthers wide receivers Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin each were fined for an egregious show of happiness. The two danced after a touchdown and that was a no-no.

5. Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was fined after he caught a touchdown pass from Dontari Poe on Christmas night against the Denver Broncos. C’mon, man. When Poe throws a touchdown pass, all rules should go out the window.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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