NFL “Lead With Your Helmet’ Rule

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Team owners passed a rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. My first thought is why?  I can’t remember the last time I saw a running back or a WR lower their head at an upcoming defender and cause an injury with their helmet.  Thinking… thinking…  nope not in my whole life can I remember it.

My next thought?  Football ownership should’t make rule changes merely to ward off lawsuits.  That’s all this is.  Football is a high speed and violent sport and over its history players (people) have suffered injuries.    Its ridiculous to create rules giving the appearance that ownership is concerned.  Don’t castrate the sport.  Instead, do what’s right. Injured players should be taken care of.  The NFL has almost as much money as Bill Gates (and Gates has a lot of money).  I’m not saying the NFL should pay off everyone on the NFL lawsuit band wagon.  But again… do what’s right.  Give ex players medical benefits and any other benefits that are fitting.

If you’re really concerned about the players, do something relevant.  Improve player gear or create safer surfaces.  It also seems reasonable to perform analysis to determine what types of plays or football actions result in injuries.  Then over the course of time make corrections and in some limited situations; introduce rule changes.


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