In 2015, Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliot will not be able to wear his signature crop-top style jersey thanks to a new uniform rule by the NCAA.
The NCAA has decided to ban players from tucking their jerseys under their pads. If a jersey violates the rule, the player would be forced to head to the sideline until the equipment issue is fixed.
Ohio State fans started an online petition following the NCAA ruling and Elliot has noticed the support.
But while Elliot doesn’t seem to agree with the new equipment rule, he is taking it all in stride.
“It’s pretty funny to see how much the fans love it, and it really shows how passionate Buckeye Nation is,” Elliott said, via ESPN.com. “I think the petition has almost 10,000 signatures on it, and to see the support from the fans is great. Mine is definitely on there.
“You know, it seems like a silly rule, but it’s something you really can’t make that big of a deal about. It’s just a jersey. I love the game of the football, and it’s such a minute detail, so it’s just like, whatever.”
The good news for Ohio State fans who want to save the crop-top: Ezekiel Elliot can still sport his trademark look on the field for practices.
And as long as Elliot can come close to repeating his overwhelming success from this past season, fans will likely be able to look past the way his jersey is fitted.
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