Per the NFL rules, a player can't throw a ball into the crowd because it can create a potential problem with fans fighting for the ball, much in the way fans go after foul balls in baseball.
The difference is, in baseball it's unintentional, and in the NFL, a player will be $5,250 lighter in the wallet for doing so.
He can however, hand a ball to a fan in the first or second row.
Brandon Marshall found that out the hard way as the NFL has fined him the aforementioned amount for throwing a ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
At least someone got to bring a ball home.