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NFL rumors: League's nonsensical jersey rule rightly clowned by star players

NFL rumors: League's nonsensical jersey rule rightly clowned by star players

Pro sports leagues are trying to find ways to safely play games and entertain fans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is obviously a tough and tall task.

But the NFL's latest proposed measure missed the mark... completely.

The league is looking to ban the popular post-game jersey swap tradition, according to NFL.com, as a proposed safety measure:

Under proposed NFL-NFLPA game-day protocols, teams would be forbidden from interactions within six feet of each other following games, and jersey exchanges between players would be prohibited, per sources informed of the situation.

If you think that sounds like a total waste of a rule, after the teams are engaged in hand-to-hand action for three hours, you're not alone.

Why the NFL feels the need to distance players after allowing them to breathe, sweat, and bleed on each other during a game is unclear. The league didn't provide an explanation.

Probably because there isn't one.

These are uncharted waters for sports leagues, and mistakes will be made, but sometimes it helps to just use common sense.

A few Eagles players were quick to point out the seeming absurdity of the rule on Twitter:

And a couple other star players from around the league chimed in as well:

Interestingly, NFL.com's Kevin Patra included this qualifier at the end of his story about the ban:

The proposed protocols are set to be in effect during any preseason action, if agreed to. As are all things during the pandemic, they're subject to change as the science, data and situations develop.

That sounds like the league already setting itself up to change the rule down the line, considering the initial reception from players. 

We'll see if it lasts an entire season.

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Chris Long calls DeSean Jackson's posts a "f---ing disaster'

Chris Long calls DeSean Jackson's posts a "f---ing disaster'

Former Eagles defensive end Chris Long called DeSean Jackson’s social media posts citing fake Hitler quotes a “f—ing disaster” during his most recent Green Light podcast.

Long, who starred on the 2017 Eagles Super Bowl team, retired last May after an 11-year career. He and Jackson were never teammates.

But Long said he’s met Jackson and has always liked him but condemned Jackson’s posts and also said he was disappointed more people haven’t denounced Jackson over the last several days.

Long's popular weekly podcast is ranked No. 3 in the country among NFL podcasts according to Apple Podcasts.

Some excerpts from Long’s five-minute response in response to a question from a listener named In the Sky:

His initial reaction: “Quoting Hitler is really bad business but quoting fake Hitler quotes is like a cherry on top. I don’t know if it would be worse if you quoted a real one or the fake one.”

On people defending DeSean: “Maybe I don’t get it. I saw a ton of people defending him on Twitter somehow, which is another reason why Twitter sucks. … The guy made a mistake. It’s a bad mistake. … He talked bad about Jewish people and somehow managed to use a fake Hitler quote doing it and that is a f---ing disaster.”

On disappointment with the reaction he’s seen: “I can’t speak for the many people in the media or on Twitter who kind of bite their tongue on this thing, because when it comes to anit-semitism it’s not in vogue to denounce it or they have some political inclination that complicates denouncing it, but I think it’s f---ed up, unequivocally. … It doesn’t seem like it’s in vogue to call out anti-semitism. We’re not so keen on that. I don’t know what it is, but it seems like we’re not allowed to say, ‘Hey that’s not good.’ It’s not good. It’s wrong and I’m sure I have Jewish listeners and I haven’t seen nearly enough people saying, ‘Yeah, man, this was a mis-step.’”

On what he hopes happens next: ”We want people to change. It doesn’t look like he’s going to get cut, and that’s fine, I’m not saying he should, but he’s a role model and we gave it to Drew Brees pretty hard for being at the very best extremely tone deaf, and certainly anti-semitism is not the main event in this country, but we can walk and chew gum here. …  Hopefully DeSean learns from it from people outside the building. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but not a lot of Jewish guys playing at the NFL level. I’m sure he has a lot of Jewish fans who are disappointed. I think he’s better than that and I hope he’s learned from it.”

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

Had the Eagles won the 2002 NFC Championship Game, they would've faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, and possibly rewritten franchise history.

It also may have changed the life of former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins, the Pro Bowl center who spent the day before the Super Bowl bar-hopping and drinking before ultimately missing the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It stands as one of the strangest Super Bowl stories of all-time.

In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Mysterious Disappearance that Changed a Super Bowl", NBC Sports Bay Area takes a deep dive into Robbins' story, from his early diagnosis with depression in college to the self-destructive day of drinking that took him all the way into Mexico.

The episode features interviews with Robbins' former teammates like Barry Sims, former Raiders executives like Bruce Allen, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 9. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

To catch every episode, be sure to subscribe to "Sports Uncovered" and have every episode automatically downloaded to your phone. Sports Uncovered is available on the MyTeams app and on every major podcasting platform: Apple, Google Podcast, iHeart, Stitcher, Spotify, and TuneIn

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