How the NFL Cheats: Spy Games

September 30, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Whether you call it breaking the rules, bending the rules or just getting creative with the rules, cheating has always been a part of the NFL and always will be. This is Part 4 in a Bleacher Report series on how NFL players and teams seek out some advantage, any advantage, over their competition. Part 1 was on the use of foreign substances, Part 2 on gaining an extra edge at home, Part 3 on what goes on at the bottom of a pile.
Bill Belichick is an NFL historian who presides over maybe the largest library of football books in the world. So after his Patriots were accused of spying on the Jets in a 2007 game, it would not have been implausible if he defended himself by saying he merely was honoring his football forefathers.
Spying—and the suspicion of spying—has been a part of the NFL for longer than helmets.
Go all the way back to the league's formative years. Former Packers coach Curly Lambeau was ...

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