Over the years, several notable NFL players have essentially admitted to not fully understanding the rules of overtime.
In the regular season, you play one 10-minute overtime period. If the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown, the game is over. If the team makes a field goal or punts, the game continues until the next point is scored. If the teams are still tied at the end of 10 minutes, the game ends in a tie.
Several years back, then-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb went viral for not knowing the rules of overtime.
“I’ve never been a part of a tie. I never even knew that was in the rule book,” McNabb said after the game in 2008. “It’s part of the rules, and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game. But unfortunately, with the rules, we settled with a tie.”
This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions ended their game in a tie. And, once again, an NFL player didn’t know that it was possible for a game to end in a tie.
Najee Harris said he didn’t know the game could end in a tie until the very end. He was ready to keep playing, but someone told him the game was over. pic.twitter.com/KuxCL0GATd
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 14, 2021
Someone get these players a better copy of the rulebook…
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