Andrew Hawkins confirms his robot touchdown dance was to 'troll' NFL

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The NFL’s crackdown on celebrations isn’t going over well with players, and Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins found a way on Sunday to have a little fun with the rules while still tweaking them. Hawkins scored against New England, simply placed the ball on the sideline, and walked away, robot-style. No emotion whatsoever.

Hawkins confirmed Monday that his intent was indeed to poke fun at the NFL: “I was glad everyone on the internet interpreted it the right way,” he said, “because I wasn’t sure if they were going to get the joke.” Truth: the fact that the internet interpreted a joke properly and fairly is far more impressive than scoring a touchdown in the NFL.

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“Everything you do gets fined nowadays, right?” Hawkins said. “Me seeing the tape of what not to do—and I get it, rules are rules—but I thought it would be funny to do that and troll the whole situation, so that’s what I did.”

Hawkins didn’t say whether he had a followup celebration planned, correctly noting that it’s tough enough to get into the end zone in the first place. We’ll also have to wait to see if the NFL is in on the joke.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.