Was Husain Abdullah penalized for the slide or for the prostration?
Following Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah’s pick-six, he went to the ground and prostrated. Abdullah is a devout Muslim and many know that such actions are common with the religion. However, he was given a penalty flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct — mainly for going to the ground in celebration.
Naturally, there was a negative reaction to this, with people claiming that someone shouldn’t be flagged for praying.
But first, let’s look at the rule in Section 3. Article 1. Line D.
“Individual players involved in prolonged or excessive celebrations. Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations while on the ground. A celebration shall be deemed excessive or prolonged if a player continues to celebrate after a warning from an official.”
Wouldn’t that be one of the main rules that everyone should know about in the NFL? I am pretty sure that is an important rule that players should be aware of. I mean, I am sure the coaches should have relayed that before overtime began. Or maybe the officials reminded them of it, but this baffles me.
It’s no surprise that the players don’t know, but it’s still shocking that they don’t know that.
The league had a tie game last year. Donovan McNabb made it a big story several years ago.
Yet somehow, someway, this very important rule is not known by some players. In a story like this, nobody wins. They’re all losers.
Per NFL rules, they want all teams to have their players wear the same helmet throughout the season. Because of that, the white throwback helmets the Buccaneers were planning to wear will not be used.
Some fans may think that this rule is silly, but it actually has merit. Like a baseball glove or basketball shoes, certain equipment need to be “broken” into. Because of that, wearing entirely new equipment, especially that kind that protects the head, might not be the safest plan. If this makes the game safer, I am OK with it.
It’s unfortunate in terms of aesthetics and nostalgia as a throwback uniform set that people seem to enjoy seeing won’t be used.
We will not be seeing this uniform in 2013.
But that doesn’t mean all other teams are left out. Just certain ones.