The NFL may have banned stickum, but Lester Hayes got to keep his interception record | Weird Rules
– Do you know what stickum is? – I have absolutely no idea what that is. – Would you like to just take a guess? – I assume it’s something
related to football. – Yeah. – [Brian] Yeah? – Is that ’cause we told you this was a football centered episode?
– Yeah, I heard this, yeah, yeah, yeah. – [Ryan] It is a tar like substance that you put on your hands
that makes them sticky and it makes catching balls easier. – Okay, yeah. That seems unfair. – It’s not legal anymore. – [Brian] Okay. – They had to make rule for
it in the NFL rule book, which I happen to have a real
actual copy of right here. – Right there. – [Ryan] Right here. – You’ve done your whole research. – Yes, (laughs) I printed out 200 pages of the NFL rule book and if we open it up to the
first page, there’s the rule. – That, what perfect.
– Conveniently right there. Isn’t that incredible? – I love it. – It’s rule five, section
four, article four, item eight and it basically just says
adhesive and slippery substances are banned from the game. That is because there was
a guy named Lester Hayes who played for the Oakland Raiders who just slathered himself in it. He started putting it on his
hands to catch interceptions. In one season, he caught 13 interceptions which is an NFL record, primarily because he was just
slathering himself in glue or like liquid cement to
have balls just stick to him. – That’s good. – Did you ever see the
movie Little Giants? – I did, yes. – So there is a scene in that movie where one of the kids has the stickum and he sticks his hands to his chest and if you remember he keeps
doing this, that’s stickum. That’s what that was.
– That’s okay, now finally you’ve put it
in terms I understand, Ryan. (laughing) – [Ryan] Right. Here are some photos of him. – [Brian] Oh when you
were describing it to me, I thought it would be somewhat more clear. And that like people
– [Ryan] Oh no. – wouldn’t be able to
tell it was completely, but not, it’s like very obvious. – [Ryan] It’s bright brown. It looks like he has just rolled around in the inside of like a mechanic’s garage. – [Brian] That’s good. – And what he eventually started to do was just put it all over his body because not only would it make
catching the balls easier, but receivers would try to catch the ball and end up getting stuck to him. – [Brian] Oh. – And he realized, oh
that’s also an easy way to just prevent them
from catching the ball because I am too sticky. – That’s like a very
clever side effect there. – Right. – It’s almost kind of like
those big velcro suits you get in like really cheap carnivals when they try to stick you to a wall, but football.
– Right. Right yeah, exactly. – Oh, how nice. – I tried to find some actual
stickum, but I could not. – [Brian] Okay. – But I found an alternative, and I wanted to know are
you down to give this a try to see if it works? – I’m very down. – Okay, I have this. This is not stickum, but hair wax. – [Brian] Okay. – And then I’ve got this guy here, so you know what, maybe let’s
just both, let’s lather up. – Okay, please. (Ryan laughing) – [Brian] This is good. – You just kinda slather
it around like this. – I wasn’t expecting to get
into like arts and crafts when I came down here for this video. – Oh God, this is awful. – [Brian] This is, – I don’t think this
is what it looked like, but it’s gotta be relatively close. – Very unpleasant. Okay. Oh God. (laughing) – [Ryan] Okay, we’re just, – I’m a gamer, not a – [Ryan] (beep) – I feel like we might’ve, this might be more slick
than we thought it was. – This is, I think the opposite
of what we were looking for. – But the rule also stated, no sticky or slippery substances. – Right. – So we’re breaking the rule regardless is what we’re doing.
– [Ryan] Yes, yeah yeah yeah. – This is much more
interesting, okay here wait. (laughing) – Okay man, what did you think? – I’ve gotta say, not the most pleasant football experience
I’ve ever had in my life. Yeah, I appreciate that now I have to walk around like a surgeon
whose just scrubbed up. – Right. Well, I mean the good news
is, this is hair product. – [Brian] Okay. – So, we could probably just, I don’t know if I’m gonna do two handed
– [Brian] Go for it. – But this is, – Two hand, just a
single, yeah I mean if I, – [Ryan] Just a single hand. – Oh wow, this is good. I feel like, (Ryan laughing) both of us just look
like grimy old cowboys. (Ryan laughing) – They never used stickum as
hair stuff as far as I know. – As far as we know. – I think if they switched
to this, then you know, you’ve got, it doesn’t
stick, it doesn’t help you, it’s not cheating. – [Brian] No.
– In fact it makes it harder to catch. – Yeah. – But at least you’ve got nice hair. – At least you got nice hair and that’s what I’ve been
missing from the NFL recently. I wanted game that’s harder to play, players with better hair.
– Right. – Solves both of those problems. – Perfect.