The Dude wrote:Guys, that's not the rule. The rule states that if you start behind the line of scrimmage, jump and make contact with another player , it is LEGAL. That's why you don't see this aspect of the rule called - ever. The part of the rule the ref's were referring to was the part of the rule that states that you may not use another player to propel yourself up. The ref's saw Rice on his teammate's back and thought he had propelled himself up, which he had not.
Why do we have instant replay if we can't look at game defining plays like this?
Sorry dude, but you're completely and utterly WRONG here.
The rule is as follows.
If a player starts more a yard behind the line of scrimmage, leaps, and comes in contact with another player at any time while in the air, INCLUDING ON THE WAY DOWN, it is a personal foul.
That is the rule. You don't see it called often because there's usually not anyone lining up that far back and touching anyone.
As for why the rule is there, my guess is that it's to prevent people from getting a running start and lunging onto the top of the pile, thus breaking like 3 people's necks.