Change is inevitable. Seasons come, seasons go.
The same can be said about the NFL seasons. As we approach another NFL season this fall in 2021, there are more rule changes to the game.
One rule in particular isn’t settling well with your defending Super Bowl champion and MVP, Tom Brady.
Here’s the new rule and what Brady thinks about it:
As you can see from this Pro Football Focus tweet, they tweeted out screenshots of Brady’s Instagram story where Brady circled a rule change (and circled it in the post) that stated: “NFL owners…Approved a relaxation of rules for the numbers that players of certain positions can wear because of expanded practice squads. Running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, defensive backs and linebackers can all wear numbers in the single digits now…”
“Why not let the lineman wear whatever they want too?” Brady stated in the same post of a response to the rule that he circled. “Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys…why not wear the same number?…DUMB @nfl @nflpa”.
Whoa, Tom, tell us how you really feel!
The tweet also showed another screenshot of Brady’s Instagram story where he posted the NFL “Jersey Numbers By Position…2021 Approved Proposal By Kansas City…”:
- “Quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers: 1-19
- Defensive backs: 1-49
- Running backs, full backs, tight ends, h-backs, and wide receivers…1-49…80-89
- Offensive lineman: 50-79
- Defensive lineman: 50-79…90-99
- Linebackers: 1-59…90-99″
“Good luck trying to block the right people now…going to make for a lot of bad football,” Brady said in response to this rule.
“I would like to speak to the manager please…” Brady said in a retweet of Bleacher Report’s tweet about this.
It’s safe to say Brady is an ambassador for the game similar to how LeBron James is with the NBA. NFL and Tom Brady just go together like peanut butter and jelly. And when one of your best players, not just in this era, but to ever play the game isn’t happy with a rule? Well, let’s see if the NFL listens or goes ahead with it.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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