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Andrew Hawkins admits low-key TD celebration was a shot at NFL

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins confirmed this week that his robotic touchdown celebration Sunday was a direct shot at the perception that NFL stands for “No Fun League.”

Hawkins’ low-key “celebration” came after catching an 11-yard touchdown pass the Browns’ 33-13 home loss to the New England Patriots. He simply placed the football on the ground and entered into a quasi-robot dance.

Hawkins on Monday admitted his “anti-celebration” was an effort to troll the NFL over its arguably arbitrary-yet-rigid policies against end zone celebrations.

“That was the point of the celebration,” Hawkins said, via Cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe. “I thought about it and then when I scored I’m like, alright, I’m just going to do it.

“I was glad everyone on the Internet interpreted it the right way because I wasn’t sure if they were going to get the joke.”

The overreaching message of Hawkins’ apparent troll-job seems to be a critique of how the NFL is handing out fines to the likes of Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown over touchdown celebrations.

“Everything you do gets fined nowadays, right?” he 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 says he’s overall received positive reviews for his “un-celebration” and wouldn’t say whether he plans on any further celebratory antics.

“I don’t know. I’ve got to get in (the end zone) first,” Hawkins said, laughing. “It’s hard enough getting in there. I don’t plan in advance.”

[Deadspin]