The Hall of Fame is nice, but players that get rules named after them are truly immortal.
There is the Roy Williams horse collar rule. The Emmitt Smith rule that you can’t take your helmet off. The Bert Emmanuel rule that the ball can touch the ground during a completed pass as long as the
receiver maintains control of the ball.
Deion Sanders has a rule because of signing bonuses; Ricky Williams has one for his dreads; Deacon Jones for head-slapping; Terrell Owens for using foreign objects like Sharpies after touchdowns. All the greats.
To that list — and we’re skipping over many others — we should add “The Flozell Adams rule.”
Florio mentioned Wednesday that a rule proposal to allow a dead-ball
personal foul against an offense can be carried over into the second half or overtime.
That expected change was inspired by Adams’ personal
foul after the final play of the first half against the Giants last year. The idea is to cut down on premeditated cheap shots.
Despite all the Pro Bowls Adams has attended, it’s fitting this will be his legacy.