NFL Rule Book: 5 Dumb Rules Which Need to Be Addressed

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NFL Rule Book: 5 Dumb Rules Which Need to Be Addressed
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One of the joys of writing about the NFL is the sheer ridiculousness of some of the stories you get to cover, stories so outlandish that it's hard to imagine that they are for real. Stories so odd, so insane that the only proper response is to shake your head and sigh.

Stories like the reports that Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker is receiving an excessive celebration penalty and fine for showing his support for the gathered troops...on Veterans Day weekend, of all games.

The NFL will claim that he broke a rule, that the fine is for going down on one knee, not for the salute itself. They will claim that he knew the rule, which requires him to stay on his feet, and chose to break it, so the fine has to stand. They will claim that if they allow an exception for Decker, then each and every player slapped with an excessive celebration fine can claim that they were doing so to support some section of the community or other.

But in addressing this incident, it forces us to ask bigger questions. Not whether he broke the rules, or how they should be interpreted in light of the circumstances, quickly you begin asking yourself "should this rule even exist."

Some rules are dumb, and dumb rules should be changed, so join me as we take a look at the five dumbest rules in the NFL which need to be addressed.

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