The Patriots didn't vote on tuck rule

March, 20, 2013
3/20/13
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To no surprise, the NFL overwhelmingly voted to eliminate the tuck rule on Wednesday. It was a bad rule that prevented quarterback fumbles if a player has any kind of forward movement with his throwing arm, which included pump fakes.

NFL owners reportedly voted 29-1 to get rid of the tuck rule. But the New England Patriots, who took advantage of the rule in the 2001-02 playoffs to jumpstart their Super Bowl dynasty, were one of two teams to abstain from voting. New England owner Robert Kraft hinted as much earlier this week and decided to follow through.

Luckily for New England, eliminating the tuck rule is not retroactive. Who knows how the course of NFL history would have changed if New England, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady did not win their first of three Super Bowls together.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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