Josh Norman likes to have fun, especially after making a big play. That was on display last season after a big interception in a win against Cleveland. The pick all but sealed the victory for the Redskins, and to celebrate, Norman fired an imaginary bow and arrow.
Like many things Norman did in 2016, he was penalized for the celebration. It seemed asinine then, and still does now, but the $10,000 fine from the NFL seemed actually vengeful. Below is video.
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This offseason, the NFL worked to shore up some of their more banal rules around celebrations. Basically, the NFL lightened up a little bit.
Except when it comes to imaginary bow and arrows.
"I do not know," Norman said on Saturday when asked if the celebration would still generate a penalty (full video above).
"I guess we're gonna find out, one way or another," Norman joked.
The NFL rule changes allow for more creativity and some group celebration, but still draws the line at perceived acts of violence. But in 2017, is a bow and arrow really a perceived act of violence?
"I want it to pass but if it don’t I’m gonna have to find another way to make it not seem as bad," Norman said. "It's a bow and arrow man. We're not trying to hurt anybody."
The bow and arrow is fun. Hopefully the NFL will see it that way too.