Bears rookie punter Trenton Gill falls victim to bizarre NFL rule [Video]

Chicago Bears rookie punter Trenton Gill was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for an obscure NFL rule

Players who make it to the highest level of their sport can hang their hats on the fact that they're among the best athletes in the world at their respective positions. But usually, that comes with some growing pains for those making their professional debuts. And unfortunately for Chicago Bears rookie punter Trenton Gill, that was the case this afternoon at Soldier Field.

The Bears are hosting the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, and Gill was whistled for an unsportsmanlike penalty for a rather obscure rule that fans may not immediately be familiar with. As Bears kicker Cairo Santos was preparing for a field goal attempt as time was winding down in the 2nd quarter, Gill brought a towel onto the field in an attempt to wipe off the ball, given the fact that the playing surface resembled something closer to the ocean floor rather than a football field.

Gill would be whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct and was subsequently forced to punt the ball away. The Bears still found themselves trailing by a 7-0 score.

Bears rookie Trenton Gill was whistled for a bizarre NFL rule

As referee Clay Martin put it:

“He brought a towel out on the field in a dead-ball period to wipe the field down.”

Soldier Field employees were seen prior to the game with squeegees attempting to clear the field of the rain following the downpour that had it soaked. And unfortunately for Gill and the Bears, rules prohibited any attempt for them to try and dry the ball off.

And not surprisingly, it wasn't long before the reactions to the interesting turn of events began pouring in from fans and pundits alike.

However, the Bears have managed to take the lead away from the 49ers in the 3rd quarter, currently enjoying a 13-10 lead.