Is there NFL rule requiring players to stand for National Anthem?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Tampa Bay Buccaneers players link arms on the sidelines during the national anthem before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 24, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY (WFRV) – After this past weekend, you may have seen a comment on your social media feeds that has been shared through various threads.

It reads:

“The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states: ‘The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. ‘During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition… …It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

But is it real?

After reviewing the NFL’s 2017 Offical Playing Rules, it’s safe to say that the comment has no merit.

In fact, pages 62 and 63 of the rulebook don’t mention the National Anthem at all.

Those pages actually contain information on the enforcement of fouls.

This may just go to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on Facebook.

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