Originally Posted by ZONA
If you ask me, that's a stupid rule, that you can't return a muffed punt. If the ball is live, meaning the other team can recover it, by all means they should be able to advance it and score if possible. Whoever made up the current rule is a f'n retard.
I could be wrong but I think it's like that due to years ago people used to attempt to scare the returner by running up near them or blasting them even with the fair catch signal.