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RANDY REUTERSHAN'S INTENTION TO  RETURN TO PLAYING FOOTBALL

For the first time since his auto accident in November 1978, Randy Reutershan would be returning to Pittsburgh. He told the PPG, “I can treat life normally. I’m very lucky.”

Despite suffering a severe head injury, Reutershan was hoping to resume he football career. “My doctor told me he didn’t think playing football would be any problem, but he is leaving it up to the Steelers doctors. He said it wasn’t his decision.”

The Steelers organisation said they would obtain a copy of his medical records and give him an examination this spring to determine if he can play.”

After being drafted in the sixth round of the 1978 draft, Reutershan’s aggression on special teams made an impression that earned him a job. He had no intention of changing his style. “I’m not going to hold back at all. I’ll treat it as if nothing had happened. If something happens, I’m not going to worry about it.”

OWNERS VOTE FOR A BLUE COLLAR SUPER BOWL

The NFL owners voted 28-0 to hold Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Michigan. “It’s the first time I can remember that the owners ever voted unanimously on anything,” said Art Rooney Sr.

The Pittsburgh Press offered three reasons why the owners turned their backs on the warmer shores of the west coast and Florida:

First, the Pontiac people did an unbelievable job with their presentation, arriving with the Mayor of Detroit and the governor of Michigan and a presentation booklet that contained everything but the average price of two eggs, sausage and toast in a Detroit restaurant.

Secondly, Miami owner Joe Robbie is currently feuding with the Orange Bowl Stadium authority.

Thirdly and most importantly, the old guard of the NFL – owners such as Rooney, Art Modell, George Halas and Ralf Wilson (an AFL pioneer) campaigned hard for the Pontiac. Modell made the strongest please of the voting session pointing out the northern cities were the foundation for the newer, warm-weather franchises. Had the old franchises not withstood the sparse years, the NFL wouldn’t be the dynamic league it evolved into.

1979 NFL RULE CHANGES

The NFL changed the rule on the injured reserve list. Teams are now allowed to bring back three players who had been replaced on injured reserve. The injury must be sufficiently serious to keep a player out for four weeks and the player must have missed four regular season games before he can return to the active roster.

The NFL gave some attention to players’ safety. Players on the receiving team were prohibited from blocking below the waist during kickoffs, punts, and field-goal attempts. Quarterbacks received additional protection with the introduction of a rule where the play is blown dead when a defender has the quarterback in his grasp.

The owners voted 28-0 not to allow instant replay.

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