Ezekiel Elliott is pulling off astonishing feats every game of his rookie season, and Sunday night was no exception. After his second-quarter touchdown, Elliott became (presumably) the first player in NFL history to leap into a Salvation Army pot in celebration.
This being the NFL, such an expression of exuberance and joy—come on, look at Elliott popping up out of the pot like a blue-starred elf—cannot go unpunished. The Cowboys were hit with a 15-yard celebration penalty.
“He should not have done it,” Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told NBC at halftime, “but we allow the Lambeau Leap, we allow snow angels, so that’s something we have to get worked out.”
If the NFL does fine Elliott, it should definitely donate the fine to the Salvation Army. Or Elliott should pay it in coins, whichever.
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