Everything in sports is analyzed and speculated on by fans all the time. We wonder what could have happened if things were different or if this player had been on this team. This is especially true for the NFL as a tiny difference or split second decision could have had huge implications on thhe history of the league. Here are four of the biggest what ifs in NFL history.
1. What if the Bills Won Some of Those Super Bowls?
One of the craziest statistic in NFL history is that the Buffalo Bills made it to four straight Super Bowls from 1990-93, and didn’t win a single one. If the Bills would have won even one Super Bowl, the landscape of the league might have changed and if they would have won all four, they would have been seen as one of the best teams of all time and Jim Kelly would be considered probably the best quarterback of all time. Instead, the Bills have had to sit by and watch the Patriots live out the dynasty that they had a chance at.
2. What if the “Tuck Rule” was Never Implemented?
This was, and is still, one of the most debated things in the NFL. The tuck rule came about in the early 2000s and basically said that if a quarterback went to pass, but then changed his mind and pulled the ball back in (tuck it) and then lost control, it would be an incomplete pass, not a fumble. If this rule was never implemented the infamous “tuck rule game” of 2002 would have been nothing more than a game. That aforementioned game also led Tom Brady to win his first Super Bowl and started the Patriots dynasty of the early 2000s.
3. What if Bo Jackson had Stayed Healthy? And dedicated His Whole Life to Football?
In today’s day and age, it is nearly impossible for any player to have a solid career in more than one sport. There is constant debate about Bo Jackson and what could have been if he stayed healthy, but also if he had chosen to dedicate himself to the NFL rather than play in two leagues. He could have most likely went down as one of the best players of all time without question, but due to his flip flopping sports and injury history, we are simply left to fantasize about the numbers he could have put up.
4. What If Barry Sanders Didn’t Retire?
For a lot of the new NFL fans in recent years, they simply do not understand just how amazing Barry Sanders was. He could have easily decimated each and every one of the different rushing records out there. He retired after only 9 years in the NFL and was healthy when he retired, which sparked a lot of controversy. Even though he only played 9 years, he is third all-time in rushing yards, and top 10 in rushing TDs. He averaged over 1,500 yards a season and 10 TDs throughout his career and if he hadn’t retired in his prime, would likely be seen as not only the best running back of all time, but one of the best players period.