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NFL Instant Replay History

Instant replay in the NFL has not come without controversy over the years.  Look to last year’s NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints for evidence.  This no-call on instant replay has become one of the most infamous (if not the most infamous) in NFL history.  In fact, it lit a fire under the Competition Committee to hold a vote to allow an amendment to the instant replay rule.  This upcoming year pass interference will be a reviewable play.

Will this improve the game?  Will this take away from the human element of the game, as many traditionalists believe?  Time will only tell, but speaking of time, this is not the first time the league moved into uncharted waters regarding instant replay.  Throughout many decades, the league has continued to tweak the review process in an attempt to perfect instant replay in the NFL.  This episode follows the history of instant replay in chronological order.  So strap on your seatbelt and let’s get this baby up to 88mph.

Note – The article below covers the topic of this week’s episode in detail.  There are many links throughout the article to enhance your learning of the history of the NFL.  A few of these may be Amazon links.  As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Keep scrolling to get to the article.


About the author, Arnie Chapman

My name is Arnie Chapman, and I am the host of The Football History Dude, a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the rich history of the NFL. The show officially launched on 4/15/18, and I have not looked back. I have always been passionate about football, and learning about the history of the game has intrigued me, as well. I'm asking you to come along with me on my DeLorean to travel back in time and learn about the yesteryear of the gridiron. To get started, you can go to my website for more details.

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