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NFL Chin Checks Running Backs By Passing “Crown of the Helmet” Rule

Jay Gatsby Mar 20

NFL Crown of the Helmet Rule

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NFL legends and current players have begun expressing their views on the new NFL “Crown of the Helmet” rule change, which bans offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders outside of the tackle box.

Marshall Faulk took to twitter to voice his displeasure with the rule change

— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) March 18, 2013

— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) March 18, 2013

Emmitt Smith told ESPN Radio “I’m a running back and I’m running into a linebacker, you’re telling me I have to keep my head up so he can take my chin off? You’ve absolutely lost your mind.

As a running back, it’s almost impossible [to not lower your head]. The first thing you do is get behind your shoulder pads. That means you’re leaning forward, and the first part of contact that’s going to take place is your head, regardless.”

On the contrary, Jim Brown, who is thought to be the most powerful running back of all time, if not, the best running back of all time was in favor of the rule change saying, “I didn’t use my head,” Brown told Newsday from the league’s owners meetings in Phoenix.

“I used my forearm. The palm of my hand. And my shoulder. And my shoulder pads. I wasn’t putting my head into too much of anything. I don’t think that’s a good idea. At least it doesn’t sound like a good idea to me if I’m not guaranteed that my head is going to be strong enough to hurt somebody else and not hurt myself.”

By the way, am I the only one that thinks Jim Brown looks like Fred Wilkes from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I mean, John Amos is even rocking a Cleveland Browns jacket.

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I digress…

While I understand the intent of the rule, I think Dictator Goodell is starting to become overbearing and have too much influence on this culture change. Football is a violent sport, injuries are going to happen.

Where do we draw the line?

Why not ban safeties from hitting WRs in mid-air so as to prevent them from flipping and possibly landing on their neck?

You can take the man out the hood, but you can’t take the hood out the man.



Julio Alcaraz tends to bleed silver and black, purple and gold, and Dodger blue yearly. Besides that, he wears many hats as a father, educator, retired basketball coach, realistic optimist, cinema lover and dry humor extraordinaire you can follow him @JJALC

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