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NFL says players can wear red, white and blue on 9/11

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The NFL will not fine players for wearing red, white and blue on 9/11.

That commonsense decision came down today, a day after Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said he would wear red, white and blue gloves and shoes and was expecting a fine from the NFL, which strictly controls what players can wear on game days.

The league office informed all 32 teams today that players are allowed to wear special shoes and gloves to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as long as those special shoes and gloves are made by companies that have sponsorship deals with the NFL. The NFL is usually strict about allowing players to wear anything other than the standard team-issued apparel, although the league has made exceptions in the past, such as allowing players to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It obviously would have been a public relations disaster for the NFL to fine players for expressing their patriotism on 9/11, although it wouldn’t be out of character for the NFL, which demanded that Jake Plummer remove his helmet decal honoring Pat Tillman in 2004. The NFL made the right call this time.

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  1. quiettexan says: Sep 9, 2011 3:32 PM

    they shouldn’t have even told briggs he’d get fined for it in the first place.

    briggs was smart to publicly call em out imho.

  2. ny82jy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:32 PM

    I would hope so cause if they didnt they would make themselves look even worse than they already have this offseason.

  3. kylexitron says: Sep 9, 2011 3:34 PM

    ah truly american – you can show support for the country as long as it’s okay with our corporate masters!

    I understand the logic but you’d think this would be one event where the corporate sponsors (masters) would look the other way.

    Oh well. sign of the times. This country is run and owned by corporations anyways so not surprised.

  4. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:35 PM

    It would of been a PR disaster if they didn’t do this.

  5. profootballwalk says: Sep 9, 2011 3:35 PM

    Can each one of them be required to serve in the military for a year and spend some time chillin’ with suicide bombers in Afghanistan? If not, leave the colors at home.

  6. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:36 PM

    Oh, that was mentioned in the article. ☺LOLOLOLOLOLZ☺

  7. ebeg420 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:36 PM

    I thought Lance Briggs said he would never play a down again for the Bears if he didn’t get ANOTHER contract?

    That guy is a MORON!!!

    So is Goodell!! This should NEVER have been a question, this IS America!!!

  8. bf53 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:37 PM

    Good. Common sense prevailed.

    God bless America.

  9. toiletking says: Sep 9, 2011 3:37 PM

    Utter rubbish. What if you support bin Laden, like Rashard Mendenhall? Should he be allowed to dress up like a member of al Qaeda?

    Slippery slope…

  10. 3octaveFart says: Sep 9, 2011 3:39 PM

    HAAAA!

    Goodell say the backlash of his gestapo tactics coming a mile away, so he decided to embrace it instead…

  11. vbe2 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:40 PM

    All of the players that wear it and normally would have been fined should take what would have been the fine and donate it to a 9/11 charity.

  12. sikoix says: Sep 9, 2011 3:41 PM

    As obvious as this seems, it seems odd that they didn’t hand down a decision until 9/9 regarding 9/11.

  13. philtration says: Sep 9, 2011 3:41 PM

    Now Briggs will have to find something else to bitch about.

    You want to be mad Lance?
    How about being mad because you lost int eh NFC title game on your home field?

  14. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 9, 2011 3:43 PM

    If I was a player and I was fined for being patriotic on the 10th anniversary of arguably the worst day in the history of our nation, I’d tear up the fine and hand-deliver it to Goodell myself.

  15. "Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……” says: Sep 9, 2011 3:44 PM

    Good call by the league. That said, you know the OchoCinco’s of the world will still find a way to get fined. I say go for it.

  16. marvsleezy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:44 PM

    All the guys on the Buffalo Bills are relieved to hear this :)

  17. onwisconsin42 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:46 PM

    profootballwalk says: Sep 9, 2011 3:35 PM

    Can each one of them be required to serve in the military for a year and spend some time chillin’ with suicide bombers in Afghanistan? If not, leave the colors at home.

    ___

    Do you realize how grossly ironic your statement is?

    Those military members are overseas “chillin’ with suicide bombers in Afghanistan” so Lance Briggs and everyone else in this country who chooses to do so has the RIGHT to express themselves this way.

  18. joeloj says: Sep 9, 2011 3:46 PM

    The Buffalo Bills already wear red, white and blue!

  19. bensstinkyfingers says: Sep 9, 2011 3:47 PM

    Smart move by the NFL! I also hope they have tight security at all the stadiums this Sunday. It seems like these scumbag terrorists would be stupid enough to try and pull something off on the 10 year anniversayof 9/11. Go USA !Go Browns!

  20. im4cincy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:47 PM

    Go ahead and give me a thumbs down but I get tired of all the breast cancer awareness pink by week 2 of the month. No other pro sport would allow their teams to goof up their uniforms for a quarter of their season. It gets a little overwhelming.

  21. pigskinswag says: Sep 9, 2011 3:48 PM

    The NFL is a league of grown men playing a game for money. The “uniform policy” is utterly ridiculous. You can only wear certain things, you have to have a certain jersey number for your position, etc. It’s all pointless.

  22. claydefayette says: Sep 9, 2011 3:50 PM

    This move actually makes sense by the NFL.

    How about not wearing pink all year as well? Lung cancer kills more than twice the amount of people as breast cancer. I’m glad the league does promote causes like breast cancer awareness though. But why not make another stance on a different cause?

  23. choisbois says: Sep 9, 2011 3:50 PM

    Pretty basic.

  24. jakek2 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:50 PM

    NFL dictators have nothing better to do than fine players for being patriotic on the 10th anniversary of the worst day in this nation’s history?

    I really wish I had a billion or so dollars to start my own league

  25. jdandcoke says: Sep 9, 2011 3:51 PM

    kylexitron

    amen my friend. america is now run by the koch brothers and their cohorts….hopefully, despite this fact, the true american spirt always remains….i dont think you can ever truly remove that spirit from people’s hearts.

  26. willyalistentothis says: Sep 9, 2011 3:51 PM

    Texans players should get a voucher that is redeemable the next time they are fined.

  27. p4hbiz says: Sep 9, 2011 3:52 PM

    After 10yrs this is still one of the biggest LIE in American History!

  28. toiletking says: Sep 9, 2011 3:53 PM

    all 9/11 charities are scams at this point.

  29. fourthand20 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:54 PM

    “as long as those special shoes and gloves are made by companies that have sponsorship deals with the NFL”. Which means only for red, white and blue items made in China.

  30. purplehayseuss says: Sep 9, 2011 3:55 PM

    Pat Tillman jerseys should outsell all others this month, and be worn to all games this week, at the very least.
    The Tillman story is true blue American heroism, destroyed by political games and hubris. Tillman jerseys should be worn to show our support for this hero and his family.

    Drop your team loyalty for a week, football fans. Salute a man that lived to a higher standard by choice.

    We can all learn by Pat Tillman’s example.

  31. drshakedown74 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:56 PM

    Thanks God, I mean Roger.

  32. drshakedown74 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:57 PM

    Goodell is as transparent as the wind.

  33. itsmammoth says: Sep 9, 2011 3:59 PM

    Dallas will look extra nice in these. ;)

  34. purplehayseuss says: Sep 9, 2011 4:00 PM

    kylexitron says: Sep 9, 2011 3:34 PM

    ah truly american – you can show support for the country as long as it’s okay with our corporate masters!

    I understand the logic but you’d think this would be one event where the corporate sponsors (masters) would look the other way.

    Oh well. sign of the times. This country is run and owned by corporations anyways so not surprised.

    ***

    You, sir, are correct. I’ve been saying it all along: if you’re pissed about the way the Corporate ‘leaders’ handle things, act with your wallet. STOP buying from them! They only care about their rivers of money. Take those rivers away and they’ll alter their behavior. Until we do that, they’ll become more and more snotty about pushing their demands into the public arena.

  35. fwippel says: Sep 9, 2011 4:02 PM

    Thank you, Lance Briggs, for pushing this issue, and forcing Roger Goodell to yield to common sense and decency.

  36. onwisconsin42 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:02 PM

    p4hbiz says: Sep 9, 2011 3:52 PM

    After 10yrs this is still one of the biggest LIE in American History!

    ___

    Clearly.
    With the intelligence you convey in this post, why am I not surprised you believe this?

  37. vincentbojackson says: Sep 9, 2011 4:05 PM

    quiettexan says:

    they shouldn’t have even told briggs he’d get fined for it in the first place.

    briggs was smart to publicly call em out imho.

    ———————–

    The league never told him he would be fined, Briggs just made that assumption, went public, and everyone got worked up in a lather.

    I’m sure all you conspiracy theorists will find something else to complain about before the day is over.

  38. cincinnasti says: Sep 9, 2011 4:05 PM

    Chad is going to have a freaking field day with that..

  39. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 9, 2011 4:08 PM

    my corporate master won’t let me wear red white and blue. :(

  40. skoobyfl says: Sep 9, 2011 4:09 PM

    The Buffalo Bills have announce their plans to wear R / W / B colors as well, LOL.

  41. jaggedmark says: Sep 9, 2011 4:12 PM

    LaGarrette Blount is definitely gonna be wearing blue. Don’t be calling out Suh like that…..foolish.

  42. holeinone09 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:12 PM

    NFL did the right thing here. Briggs and possibly some others forced their hand and they did the right thing. Glad they came out and said this instead of saying/doing nothing.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  43. dadawg77 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:16 PM

    berniemadoffsides I would say either April 12 or Aug 24 are anniversary of the worst day in our country’s history. As horrible as 9/11 was, I don’t think it compares to those dates or Dec 7.

    The NFL was going to bend on this one, especially after Briggs came out. Plus I bet Reebok already asked NFL as they will sell that gear. Now NFL get to take care of its sponsors and gets a PR bump when every announcer for every game talks about the cleats and gloves and NFL move to allow them.

  44. cliverush says: Sep 9, 2011 4:22 PM

    Ole’ Roger can say, “Who says I’m dumb?”

  45. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 9, 2011 4:30 PM

    Can Plaxico wear a Black and White striped uni w/ his Inmate number stitched on it?

  46. Exiled1 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    Land of the Fee, Home of the Pay.

  47. Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    im4cincy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:47 PM

    Go ahead and give me a thumbs down but I get tired of all the breast cancer awareness pink by week 2 of the month. No other pro sport would allow their teams to goof up their uniforms for a quarter of their season. It gets a little overwhelming.
    ___________________________
    Thumbs up!! and let me run this by you, how unfair is it that more men die every year of Prostate Cancer then women die of Breast Cancer and yet we never see the players wearing baby blue shoes,gloves etc………….think about it.

  48. raiderfan40 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:56 PM

    God Bless America!!!!!

  49. realitypolice says: Sep 9, 2011 5:01 PM

    Hilarious.

    Everyone’s on here yesterday having kittens about the terrible decision to fine players wearing red, white, and blue on Sunday.

    Never mind that the league never said it, and the person talking about getting fined was Lance Friggin Briggs.

    Why let something silly like facts get in the way of your ranting?

  50. jw731 says: Sep 9, 2011 5:08 PM

    Lance Briggs isn’t 1/1000th of the man Pat Tillman was……But go ahead sally, tweet all about how patriotic you are while calling attention to yourself

  51. jakek2 says: Sep 9, 2011 5:34 PM

    purplehayseuss -

    Your comments about Tillman are right on. In fact, I think you may have stumbled on something.

    Like how MLB honors Jackie Robinson day with all players wearing #42, the NFL should have all NFL players wear No. 40 to commemorate 9/11 (leaving the logistics of how to do that to the NFL committee who fines everyone. Give them something more productive to spend their time on that silly fines).

    Its a day to celebrate American courage and there will never be a more courageous football player than Tillman.

  52. jakek2 says: Sep 9, 2011 5:38 PM

    9/11 – Courage Day. Represented by Pat Tillman. Courage defines the firemen, policemen and other first responders not to mention the “Let’s Roll” boys.

    NFL – do something selfless for a change and honor this day right!!

  53. doug1grohlin says: Sep 9, 2011 5:59 PM

    im4cincy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:47 PM

    Go ahead and give me a thumbs down but I get tired of all the breast cancer awareness pink by week 2 of the month. No other pro sport would allow their teams to goof up their uniforms for a quarter of their season. It gets a little overwhelming.
    —————————————————–

    I agree with you. This battle to appeal to women is getting stupid. I know plenty of die hard women fans out there who care less about the pink.

    Wouldn’t it be cool to hear a sideline reporter sound like they know what they’re talking about? Not just some chick that looks good on camera asking people how they feel. Pam Oliver takes the exception on that. Uglier than mold on a pile of cottage cheese. All that annoying woman does is stir up, “drama.”

  54. groundpounder95 says: Sep 9, 2011 7:09 PM

    what about having national make it rain in the club month? im sure there would be a lot of support from the youth in the league.

  55. staffordsyear says: Sep 9, 2011 7:10 PM

    Smart move nfl…smart move.

  56. suckittrebek76 says: Sep 9, 2011 7:33 PM

    Cowboys-Forum says:
    Sep 9, 2011 4:39 PM
    im4cincy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:47 PM

    Go ahead and give me a thumbs down but I get tired of all the breast cancer awareness pink by week 2 of the month. No other pro sport would allow their teams to goof up their uniforms for a quarter of their season. It gets a little overwhelming.
    ___________________________
    Thumbs up!! and let me run this by you, how unfair is it that more men die every year of Prostate Cancer then women die of Breast Cancer and yet we never see the players wearing baby blue shoes,gloves etc………….think about it.

    ————————————–
    You guys are right. Raising awareness for cancer is just over-the-top and stupid. Nothing is worse than looking at an NFL player wearing pink. I say to hell with all the victims of breast cancer. Who do they think they are trying to take over our game

  57. staffordsyear says: Sep 9, 2011 8:20 PM

    I don’t mind the pink for 1 week,its for a good cause…what I do find a little overwhelming is looking at the dolphins jerseys for 16 weeks out of the year.

  58. wcdunkenfield says: Sep 9, 2011 9:30 PM

    Good for the NFL. The right decision, if even a little too conservative. (They could have allowed more.)

    On this most terrible of anniversaries: enjoy your family and friends, root for your favorite team, compliment your opponents, hug your kids, remember the crisp blue skies of that day, and honor the folks that died by joining together in the same manner we all did in the aftermath of horror.

    Lately we have gotten away from that bond, but perhaps we should attempt it again.

  59. robcypher says: Sep 10, 2011 1:49 AM

    what will rashard mendenhall wear?

  60. 1historian says: Sep 10, 2011 6:27 AM

    Why is this even a question?

  61. 1historian says: Sep 10, 2011 6:45 AM

    FYI – I’m almost 68 and I have been watching pro football (on tv) for about 54 years. I am proud to bear the title of old fart.
    The working people on whose backs the league was built over the 1st 40 years have been thrown aside because they are no longer needed – and they can no longer afford the seats.
    In the 50s the players had to have off-season jobs to help make ends meet. I don’t begrudge the current players their money, I am merely making a statement.

    I could go on and on (and frequently do) but let me end with this – the players wear pink (are they forced to?) for breast cancer awareness or some darn thing. Why should there even be a question about wearing something red white and blue on the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01?

  62. callmecougar says: Sep 10, 2011 8:35 AM

    It’s pretty sad how soft this country has become. In the 40′s whole rosters were lost because of players going off to fight for this country. Today they stay behind and where flags on their cleats. Briggs wearing combat boots on an actual battle field would be more meaningful than this. It’s sad.

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