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John Harbaugh pushed for new touchdown celebration rules

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesn't just like the NFL's new celebration rules.

He actually pushed for them at the league meetings in March.

On Thursday, Harbaugh said he and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett made a strong case for the league to allow players to use the ball as a prop, celebrate on the ground and perform group demonstrations. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially announced the relaxed rules Tuesday.

"Let’s have some fun. Let’s enjoy it," Harbaugh said. "I really like it when our guys celebrate. I like it when our guys score touchdowns. I want to score a lot of touchdowns. I want to see a lot of celebrations. I want our guys to have fun, and I want our fans to have fun."

While Harbaugh supported more freedom in the end zone, he is also in favor of the league continuing to eliminate celebrations that include violent or offensive imagery and sexually suggestive acts.

"It is a family game," Harbaugh said. "We are a PG league in terms of what the fans should see. You should be able to take your 8-year-old to the game or watch it on TV and feel really good about what you see."

The Ravens have never been known for over-the-top celebrations. The most memorable one from Baltimore last season was Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta performing an on-field mannequin when they froze in giving each other a high-five.

Harbaugh said loosening the rules just made a lot of sense.

"Some of these decisions are really tough that the decision-makers in the NFL have to make, and they are close calls," he said. "This was not one of them. This was an easy one, and I think they did the right thing."