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NFL changes its rules for “Griffin III”

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Six years ago, running back Reggie Bush tried to persuade the league to adjust its jersey rules to allow him to wear No. 5 in the NFL.  The effort went nowhere.  And so Bush adopted No. 25, after finagling it from Fred McAfee.  (Bush now wears No. 22 in Miami.)

This year, the NFL quietly has adjusted its rules to permit the use of Roman numerals on the jersey of quarterback Robert Griffin III.

It should have been obvious 29 days ago, when Griffin held up a jersey that showed “Griffin III” on the nameplate.  But only recently has it been reported that the rules actually were changed to permit players to include “Jr.” and “III.”

Presumably, it also will allow a player with a son named after him to add “Sr.” to the back of his jersey.

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35 Responses to “NFL changes its rules for “Griffin III””
  1. jeffovikes says: May 25, 2012 11:13 PM

    NEXT!…

  2. johnnycash19 says: May 25, 2012 11:15 PM

    Presumably, it also will allow a player with a son named after him to add “Sr.” to the back of his jersey.
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    I feel like this is a Cromartie joke.

    Cromartie Sr? That would actually be kind of funny to see on a jersey.

  3. grogansneck says: May 25, 2012 11:25 PM

    Did they change the rules for RGIII or in anticipation of all the Antonio Cromartie Jrs on the way….

  4. jwayne111 says: May 25, 2012 11:27 PM

    Whats more silly is seeing his stocking on his arm every game…bet it’s comfortable in hot games.

    He will not come near Newton Sr. stats his rookie year.

  5. njbucsfan says: May 25, 2012 11:31 PM

    No need unless his dad played or there are other Robert Griffin’s on the team. He’s going to be a bust. At best Aaron Brooks 2.0

  6. lgbarn says: May 25, 2012 11:36 PM

    johnnycash19 says: May 25, 2012 11:15 PM

    Presumably, it also will allow a player with a son named after him to add “Sr.” to the back of his jersey.
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    I feel like this is a Cromartie joke.

    Cromartie Sr? That would actually be kind of funny to see on a jersey.

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    Actually, it would be Cromartie Sr, Sr, Sr, Sr, Sr, Sr, Sr

  7. morgan420 says: May 25, 2012 11:36 PM

    there is a difference in what they did for griffin and what bush wanted. i agree with the name since of the rule change but disagree with changing what numbers specific positions are to wear.

  8. seahawksgirl says: May 25, 2012 11:45 PM

    What happens when a player now wants to change their jersey but Nike has already printed them to sell in the stores? Sounds like poor planning. Mike, what might the league be liable for? Bet this rule wouldnt changed if Griffen was a second rounder.

  9. herkulease says: May 25, 2012 11:56 PM

    seahawksgirl says: May 25, 2012 11:45 PM

    What happens when a player now wants to change their jersey but Nike has already printed them to sell in the stores? Sounds like poor planning. Mike, what might the league be liable for? Bet this rule wouldnt changed if Griffen was a second rounder.
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    Change jersey as in name and/or number? If that’s what you meant, Nike will probably do the same thing Reebook did went Chad Johnson wanted to change to Ochocinco.

    Force the player to pay for any remaining inventory of old jersey. The more notable player you are the higher the chance that would cost them more.

  10. hulkhogansays says: May 26, 2012 12:02 AM

    When a historic talent like RG3 comes along, you make accomidations and shut your mouth, brother.

  11. ndnut says: May 26, 2012 12:16 AM

    What numbers are personal protectors allowed to wear? Tebow might need a rule change…

  12. wtfchiefs says: May 26, 2012 12:51 AM

    And now that this is finally settled we can all finally sleep well….Thank you

  13. numba1recx19 says: May 26, 2012 2:47 AM

    Winslow, Ginn, Calvin Johnson, will they be jr?

  14. minormillikin says: May 26, 2012 4:57 AM

    Tebow III:XVI

  15. fourthandafoot says: May 26, 2012 5:29 AM

    Here’s hoping that one of the kids of George Foreman becomes a football player.

  16. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 26, 2012 6:29 AM

    They made this change because they know they’ll sell more jerseys if they have the “III” on them. Sounds silly, but it’s true.

  17. jackdaniels1 says: May 26, 2012 7:48 AM

    I already can’t stand this guy

  18. deathtoromo says: May 26, 2012 8:12 AM

     
    njbucsfan says:
    May 25, 2012 11:31 PM
    No need unless his dad played or there are other Robert Griffin’s on the team. He’s going to be a bust. At best Aaron Brooks 2.0
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    A bucs fan calling out a bust. That’s funny. Yer whole freakin team is a bust.

  19. randomguy9999 says: May 26, 2012 9:12 AM

    this is stupid…. before you know it some idiot player is going to change his name to all roman numerals….. it was a major mistake to do this…

  20. mjkelly77 says: May 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    hulkhogansays says:May 26, 2012 12:02 AM

    When a historic talent like RG3 comes along, you make accomidations and shut your mouth, brother.
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    Wake up, jacka$$. Your statement has nothing to do with why griffin is being given all of this special teatment.

  21. thedr70 says: May 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    who cares

  22. xxwhodatxx says: May 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:
    May 26, 2012 6:29 AM
    They made this change because they know they’ll sell more jerseys if they have the “III” on them. Sounds silly, but it’s true.

     —-

    Of course that’s the reason. The only time the NFL gets off its ass and does anything is because of money.

  23. majbobby says: May 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    As a III myself I am all for it. The III and Jr. ARE what we were named. So the III and Jr is our legal name just like anyone else’s last name.

  24. chiefsfan79 says: May 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    Does this mean Vick can go to MVVII now?lol

  25. cuffhimbanano says: May 26, 2012 9:31 AM

    I assume you clowns will complain when the NFL starts ordering Nike to stitch tildes for appropriate names.

  26. calzone21411 says: May 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    oh I thought this was a story about how many games the redskins will win this year…sorry.

  27. peytonsneck18 says: May 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    Or add Robert Griffin the Turd…..how are these clowns on here saying he is so great or the best thing in the NFL since facemasks on helmets, hahaha, let the guy play a snap in the NFL first.before we crown his A$$, redskins fans are so pathetic, they want a bust to be great so bad that they will pay to take pictures with this arragount clown and pay for his autograph, ALL FAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!

  28. peytonsneck18 says: May 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    IRG3 =Aaron Brooks

  29. ksm31311 says: May 26, 2012 9:57 AM

    hulkhogansays says:
    May 26, 2012 12:02 AM
    When a historic talent like RG3 comes along, you make accomidations and shut your mouth, brother.

    —————

    Hulk you need to go back to 6th grade and learn how to spell. While you are it, try living your own life rather than an that of over-tanned steroid abuser…

    Brother

  30. anarchopurplism says: May 26, 2012 10:45 AM

    Makes sense to me.
    -He is a highly marketable star @ QB
    -His legal name
    -Part of his nickname (RG3)

    This was probably overdue, but I cannot recall a star that truely went with roman numerals and Jr on a regular basis.

    If other players take advantage of this rule change….it’ll be a nice nod of respect to their fathers/grandfathers

  31. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    majbobby says:May 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    As a III myself I am all for it. The III and Jr. ARE what we were named. So the III and Jr is our legal name just like anyone else’s last name.
    ________

    So you’re saying his legal last name is Griffin III? That isn’t the way it works. His first name is Robert III, his last name is Griffin.

  32. lance19 says: May 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    hulkhogansays says:
    May 26, 2012 12:02 AM
    When a historic talent like RG3 comes along, you make accomidations and shut your mouth, brother.

    ___________________________________

    Historic? As of today, I think Ryan Leaf has
    317 more completions and 14 more TDs than RG3.

    You might want o wait ’til RG3 has done SOMETHING before you label him historic.

  33. stevenfbrackett says: May 26, 2012 12:46 PM

    Griffin has stated that if the ruling had gone the other way, he would have just had Griffin on the back but chosen 3 as his player number.

    Waiting for a player to have a jersey reading: CAP1648613 – as in, CA Prisoner 1648613 – for one of the many criminals in the league….

  34. walter0247 says: May 26, 2012 5:50 PM

    Yeah they changed the rules for Griffen…….. it surely has nothing to do with Nike taking over jersey responsibilitys *facepalm*

  35. critter69 says: May 27, 2012 5:08 AM

    I think the NFL saw the proverbial handwriting on the wall. All it would take is for one law suit from a player, saying that the NFL wouldn’t allow a legal name to be on the jersey, and the NFL would be found guilty of not allowing a person to have their legal name on the jersey for no reasonable basis for the prohibition.

    After all, RG III is the legal name of a person, and the name isn’t profane (at least not in English).

    Not good for the NFL ‘brand’, and the judgement against it would not be good for the NFL bottom line.

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