Hall of Famer Jerry Rice recently caused a stir in the NFL community by admitting that he applied Stickum to his gloves in order to improve his chances of catching the ball.
The league's all-time leading receiver even suggested that the practice was common place, with "everyone doing it."
Since the allegations though it is fair to say Rice hasn't been met with much support from fellow elite receivers and today Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin came out fighting when the issue was put to him.
"I love Jerry Rice, but that's what everybody says," Irvin told radio station WFAN when asked about whether "everybody else" was indeed partaking in the trickery.
"That's the oldest defense in the world...I didn't use Stickum. I never used Stickum, didn't need Stickum, didn't believe in Stickum."
Irvin, who racked up 65 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Cowboys, wasn't done in stating his defense:
"Troy (Aikman) would go off on me if I put Stickum on his footballs. You see what I'm saying? Stop asking me this junk. I didn't feel like I should answer it."
The allegation that some of the top receivers ever to play in the NFL were bending, and breaking, the rules in order to reach the top of the game is a serious one.
Questions to answer
Unfortunately, perhaps because it doesn't involve the New England Patriots and everyone's favorite anti-hero Bill Belichick, the issue hasn't yet been fully investigated by the wider media.
Michael Irvin though ensured people might start talking about Rice's claims when his impassioned comments took a bizarre turn.
"It's almost like - and I hate to get this harsh - if Aaron Hernandez starts saying 'Well, Michael murdered some people,' don't start asking me did I murder somebody," he told WFAN.
"You know darn well I didn't murder anybody. Just because somebody threw it out there - leave me alone with that mess. Get off my Twitter with it."
With Irvin now having joined fellow Hall of Famer Cris Carter is rejecting Jerry Rice's claims it raises questions about just what was going on a few decades ago.
What do you think NFL fans? Who do you believe, and does it taint some of the great players' legacies if it turns out they did use Stickum? Let us know in the comments section below...
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