Originally Posted by DaFace
Note that the other examples you mention in the OP aren't reacting to a whistle - they're reacting to a visual cue on the field. Also note that there are many times when players keep going for 5-10 seconds after a whistle has blown because they can't hear it.
On the icing the kicker calls, 19 players stop, 8-11 of which are either launching themselves into a wedge or sprinting off blocks to get around the edge.
I'm ok with my argument ring a dumb one, but the "he can't hear" isn't why it is.