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    Rules named after players.

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    The following is a partial list of rules that were enacted largely based on a single player's exploits on the field.

    the Adam Vinatieri Rule -- the clock stops immediately after a field goal is kicked through the uprights. Enacted in 2002 after the Patriots' kicker won Super Bowl XXXVI on a last second kick that went through with three seconds remaining on the clock. The clock didn't stop and New England won.

    the Bronko Nagurski Rule -- forward passing made legal from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage. Enacted in 1933. Prior to this rule change a player had to be five yards behind the line of scrimmage to throw a forward pass.

    the Deacon Jones Rule -- no head-slapping. Enacted in 1977.

    the Deion Sanders rule -- Player salary rule which correlates a contract's signing bonus with its yearly salary. Enacted after Deion Sanders signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 for a minimum salary and a $13 million signing bonus. (There is also a college football rule with this nickname.)

    the Emmitt Smith Rule -- no taking your helmet off on the field of play. Enacted in 1997.

    the Erik Williams rule -- no hands to the facemask by offensive linemen.

    the Fran Tarkenton rule -- a line judge was added as the sixth official to ensure that a back was indeed behind the line of scrimmage before throwing a forward pass. Enacted in 1965.

    the Ken Stabler rule -- on fourth down or any down in the final two-minutes of play, if a player fumbles, only the fumbling player can recover and/or advance the ball. A Defensive player can recover and advance at any time of play.Enacted in 1979.

    the Lester Hayes rule -- no Stickumâ„¢ allowed. Enacted in 1981.

    the Lou Groza rule -- no artificial medium to assist in the execution of a kick. Enacted in 1956.

    the Mel Blount rule -- Officially known as defensive pass interference, defensive backs can only make contact with receivers within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Enacted in current form in 1978.

    the Mel Renfro rule -- allows a second player on the offense to catch a tipped ball, without a defender subsequentlly touching it. Enacted in 1978.

    the Michael Irvin rule -- no taunting. Another rule, resulting in offensive pass interference, prohibiting WRs to push off CBs, is also often called "the Michael Irvin rule."

    the Bert Emanuel rule -- the ball can touch the ground during a completed pass as long as the receiver maintains control of the ball. Enacted due to a play in the 1999 NFC Championship Game, where Emanuel, playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a catch ruled incomplete since the ball touched the ground.

    the Terrell Owens rule -- no "foreign objects" on a player's uniform (enacted in response to the 2002 "Sharpieâ„¢ incident").

    the Peyton Manning rule -- basically more emphasis on the Mel Blount rule after the New England Patriots committed several uncalled pass interference penalties in the 2003 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

    the Roy Williams rule -- no horse-collar tackles. Enacted in 2005.

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    Re: Rules named after players.

    What about the Tommy Kramer rule? Better known as "in the grasp". I am sure a lot of you remember the sight of TK laying on the field in convulsions.

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    Re: Rules named after players.

    What about the brett favre rules- Any contact with him is roughing the passer; any incomplete pass in the fourth quarter is pass interference

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    Re: Rules named after players.

    the Fran Tarkenton rule -- a line judge was added as the sixth official to ensure that a back was indeed behind the line of scrimmage before throwing a forward pass. Enacted in 1965.
    This one brings back memories of the scrambling man. He shook things up with his scrambling abilities? Does anyone have any old video of him scrambling?

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    Anyone remember the "Henry Thomes" rule ?
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    damm typo's, "Thomas "
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    Re: Rules named after players.

    "vikesoto" wrote:
    Anyone remember the "Henry Thomes" rule ?
    If there is an extra teammate (hereafter referred to as "E.T."), two players may help the aforementioned "E.T." escape the attention of the officials for the duration of the game (or movie, as the case may be).

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    Re: Rules named after players.

    The Culpepper Rule:

    You may not sit a starting QB even if he sucks for multiple games. Enforced by Mike Tice in 2005.

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    Kerry Collins rule --no matter how mediocre and inconsistent your career has been there will still be people that believe in you.

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    Secondary Rule reguarding Steve Smith - in the pregame, do not talk to him, do not look at him, do not go near him. if you fire him up at all, he will own you. rule broken by the bears in 2006 nfl playoffs.


    Penalty Rule - on 3rd and short situations, the vikings offensive line must hold, false start, or commit any other penatly so it brings up 3rd and long and forces the team to punt as they never convert 3rd and longs.
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