Tyreek Hill discloses how the NFL bizarrely tried kicking him out of a game for not wearing socks
Hill claimed he sometimes doesn't wear socks because he doesn't want to miss the action on gameday.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (11) runs with the ball defended by Denver Broncos linebacker Drew Sanders (41) in the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. (Image via IMAGO)
From time to time, Tyreek Hill has chosen not to wear socks to games and has paid fines for it. During the Denver Broncos game earlier this season, the Miami Dolphins wide receiver did the same and even scored two touchdowns. According to Hill, the NFL issued him a direct warning if he didn’t put on a pair quickly.
In the recent segment of Robert Griffin III‘s podcast, RG3 and The Ones, the star playmaker claimed that after scoring his second TD on that day, the officials said the NFL committee did not appreciate him not wearing any socks.
That Denver game, I wanted to feel fast. I am not going to wear socks in this game. So guess what? I did not wear any socks and scored 2 TDs. And the referee came up to me, and he was like, 'Hey! We have to kick you out of the game if you don't put on socks. They just called from New York. And I am like, 'What? You are going to kick me out of this game. I am like, What am I doing?Hill told RG3
After a brief chat with the officials, he decided to comply with the refs. He did end up having to pay a $7000 fine after the game.
The NFL wanted to drug test Tyreek Hill for not wearing socks
Hill must have thought the story would be over by just paying the fine. But he was wrong. In an interview with Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the 29-year-old said the NFL committee wanted to conduct a drug test post-game.
They said 'Me having no socks gives me an advantage.' I was like, 'You all are going to drug test me for not wearing socks?' I'm just going to comply.
He also disclosed why he sometimes chooses not to wear socks on game day.
I get IVs before games, and sometimes the timing doesn't allow me to put on socks at times, and I don't want to miss plays, or sometimes I have socks and they don't cover a certain length.
Why does the NFL force players to wear socks on matchdays?
Every football player who steps onto the field during game day has to be completely covered in socks. It’s a mandatory rule that dates back to 1945.
Game socks and/or leg coverings must cover the entire area from the shoe to the bottom of the pants and must meet the pants below the knee.Section 4 Rule 1 of the official NFL Rulebook read
An excerpt from ESPN revealed why such a rule came into existence in the first place, considering players in college football are not obligated to wear knee-up socks.
Commissioner Elmer Layden [in 1945] decided that NFL players have unsightly legs and decreed that every player must wear long stockings or socks.
Well, whether football players (especially receivers) don’t want to wear socks or not, they have to. They don’t have much of a choice in the matter. As for Hill, he and the Dolphins will be playing against the Washington Commanders on Sunday.
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