When you hear someone talk about an illegal stickum substance being used in football, the first thing that usually comes to mind are "The Little Giants'. Last monday, the San Diego Chargers were suspected of using an illegal stickum substance during their Monday Night game against the Denver Broncos.
One of the line judges noticed during a timeout that the substance was hidden in the player's towels by the team's equipment manager and confiscated it. He also went to the equipment manager and asked him to empty out his pockets. The substance was then sent over to the Denver Broncos officials along with NFL officials for further investigations.
"Stickum" has been banned from the NFL since the 1980's but some players have been caught using them. Former NFL player, head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards stated that, even after the ban he would place a small amount of stickum on the inside of his cleats to use at key moments during the games.
The use of stickum still didn't help the Chargers win on Monday night after blowing a 24 point lead at halftime to go on and lose to the Broncos 34-24. This will be further investigated by the NFL officials to determine how far back this has went, along with how many are involved. Several fines, suspensions and even lose of draft picks are amongst the possible punishments to be thrown out.