Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has vowed to donate $250.00 to the Ronald McDonald foundation each time a player simply hands the football to the official after the Jaguars score a touchdown.
Mularkey prefers that his players not celebrate after they earn six points. He came up with the idea during his first head coaching period in the 2004-2005 season with the Buffalo Bills.
Mularkey told the Jacksonville Associated Press that, “They started giving excessive celebrating 15-yard penalties. I thought, ‘How can I make sure our guys don’t do something ridiculous and create a penalty that will really hurt our football team?’
“I just thought it’s a classy and professional way of doing things by handing the ball to the official by saying, ‘Hey, hang onto this. I’ll be back again.’ Everybody wins. It looks good.”
Mularkey may have a hard time convincing all of his players to abide by this request, especially running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Jones-Drew, who is known for extravagant post-touchdown celebrating schemes, will have to pay the $250.000 himself if his routines continue. Jones-Drew told the A.P., “Let me get to the end zone first and then we’ll definitely talk about it.”
One player who is on board is rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Blackmon spoke on the subject stating, “Hopefully we’ll score a bunch of points every week and give a lot of money to charity.”