Steelers add somersaults into the end zone to their list of banned activities

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers: No pool, ping-pong, shuffleboard or somersaulting allowed. Word is still out on cartwheels, video games and chewing gum.

It's an understandable declaration, but one that's open to playful pokes of fun at Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Coach Fun Hater.

The Steelers recently banned players who weren't on their Super Bowl teams from playing pool, ping-pong and shuffleboard in their locker room. The tables were gifts to the team as rewards for their Super Bowl teams in the 2000s.

Not surprisingly long after that declaration from the Steelers' veterans, Tomlin banned the entire team from using them, considering the team's 0-4 start.

Now, according to Tomlin, no one will be allowed to somersault into the end zone upon scoring a touchdown (to be fair, he is outlawing it to prevent injuries, which is a reasonable point). Emmanuel Sanders flipped into the end zone, capping off a 55-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh's win over the Jets. Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell flipped into the end zone after scoring against Minnesota in Week 4.

Sanders' flip definitely had more height and hangtime, but credit Bell with being the first to do it this year - the flip as well as the first rushing touchdown. Sanders scored his first of the year, and the beauty of it gives him something of a pass.

As long as he's not lining up the 8-ball into the corner pocket, or going the aerial route over the goal line, Tomlin has to be pleased with the play of his team in the win against the Jets.

And if they beat Baltimore in Week 7, he'll need to find something else to take away prior to their Week 8 game against Oakland.

More from Behind the Steel Curtain:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker