On the afternoon of January 19, 2002, the vast majority of football fans had never heard of the tuck rule. By the end of that night, it was the most controversial rule in football.
By the end of next week, the rule may be excised from the NFL.
The Competition Committee will make a simple proposal to the owners at next week’s league meeting: The proposal is a change to the rule book, eliminating the existing “tuck rule” and making it a fumble if a quarterback loses possession during an attempt to bring the ball back to his body.
It’s too late for the Raiders, who had what appeared to be a game-sealing fumble recovery taken away from them when America learned about the tuck rule for the first time on that snowy night in New England. But it’s not too late for fans to weigh in on whether that rule should stay or go.
The league’s owners will vote next week on whether to eliminate the tuck rule, and we’d like PFT Planet to tell us (and to tell the NFL’s owners) whether the league should abolish the tuck rule. Take our poll and post your thoughts in the comments.