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OT: Question on old Rule


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Question came up at work here about when the NFL's "down by contact" rule went into effect.

If I recall, back in the day a ballcarrier wasn't down until a defender actually held him on the ground until the whistle blew. If he didn't, the ballcarrier could get back up and go.

Any of you historians (read: old guys smile.gif ) know the genesis of the new(er) rule?

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