Originally Posted by Minniman
In most of the instances where I remember this coming into play, it has happened because some knucklehead began celebrating before actually crossing the goal line only to have someone catch him from behind and knock the ball loose.
Good punishment for foolish behavior.
I believe it happened to Sammy White once. He felt terrible about it and never made that mistake again.
Are you saying that when Chester Taylor held out the ball to cross the pylon for a TD, and the ball was slipping from his grasp, the player deserved a touchback? I do not believe so.
Originally Posted by marshallvike
I see this the most when receivers get caught from behind and the DB punches the ball out. Why should that ball go to the defense? They did not have possession.
I understand that the rule does not differentiate between a fumbled ball and a punted ball, and that is why it is called uniformly, but I still think it is not a great rule. The NFL has different rules for kickoffs on sidelines than fumbles on sidelines, so what is the problem in this situation making different rules as well?