The NFL’s “Always Have a Fall Guy” Rule

Cris Carter
August23/ 2015

I’ve called this “always have a walk-on in your posse”.… who will go “under the bus” to protect the first-teamers when the cops arrive.   The Fall-guy / Walk-on Rule was famously exploited during Carl Torbush’s first month as UNC HC when Mack had left for Texas.

NOTE:  I do enjoy when stuff I’ve told you about over the years pops up in new headlines… proving “that darn BobLee was right AGAIN.”

Preparing for a Gator Bowl versus VaTech, a group of 8-9 UNC FBers “beat up a nobody” outside Chapel Hill’s Cat’s Cradle.  The roving gang of players included star LB K Mays and several other first teamers… and one hapless “walk-on”.  Following a day or so of under the bus“investigation” (wink, wink) the CHPD charged “the walk-on” and the others went on to lead UNC to a thumping of the Hokies. …. I always wondered if “the walk-on” got a bowl ring for “taking the fall”.  He should have.

A twist on this scenario was in play a year ago at Chapel Hill’s Aloft Hotel when a group of UNC FBers whupped up “on a walk-on”.  There was a meaningless suspension for a cupcake game but because “the victim was a walk-on”….. who cared?

The scenario in various adaptations takes place all across Big Time College Football (and The NFL) as coaches and administrators resort to “situational ethics” to improve their chances of “winning”.   If you don’t believe this happens with your “favorite team”; give the Easter Bunny my regards next time you see him.



Cris Carter responsible for ‘fall guy’ comment brought to light by Chris Borland

By Jesse Reed

Cris Carter

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland raised plenty of eyebrows this weekin an interview with ESPN, noting he and other rookies were told to

….have a “fall guy” in their crews to take responsibility for any wrongdoings.

The man responsible for that comment is none other than Cris Carter, the Hall of Fame wide receiver and current ESPN employee.

Here is the link to the video in which Carter and Warren Sapp address the crowd of rookies.  (The “advice” about “have a Fall Guy” comes at 17:30)….

This is what Carter said:

“Just in case y’all gonna decide to not do the right thing, and y’all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in your crew.”

At this point in the video, Sapp doubles over in laughter.

Carter then goes on to explain, using Teddy Bridgewater as a prop, how it’s essentially the duty of the guys in the crew to take on the role of “fall guy” because they’re getting all the benefit of the player’s money and fame.

He then tells all the impressionable rookies—who are there, mind you, to learn “life lessons” with Sapp and Carter—that he’s there to help them learn how to get around the rules.

“One of them fools got to know HE’S going to jail,” Carter says. “We’ll get him out.”

Sapp rolls again, repeating, “we’ll get him out,” while chuckling to himself.

It’s really a sick argument, perpetuating a sick double-standard that has permeated the NFL for decades.

Sapp has already been exposed for his sins, having recently been arrested for soliciting a prostitute. He was summarily fired from his job with NFL Network.

Based on Carter’s comments, one wonders what kind of mischief he’s been up to over the years that has gone unnoticed because he utilized the system he promoted to the rookies.

This story likely is just beginning, and the NFL has some serious explaining to do regarding the way it has allowed this kind of culture to continue thriving in this day and age.


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