It was just a matter of time until the NFL passed a rule banning the use of the crown of the helmet for running backs. Ever since the NFL passed rules banning defensive, or other players, from spearing another player with their helmet, everyone has been saying - what about running backs?
Running backs are only allowed to use the helmet inside the tackle box. The tackle box is the area on the field that extends between the offensive tackles on either side of the offensive line.
When the no helmet rule was first implemented by the NFL, I thought it was just down right stupid, but my opinion has been evolving on this. While it is inevitable that player are going to get hit by the helmets of other players, and players will still get injured, this rule will reduce the number of brain injuries that would have otherwise occurred. Accidents are still going to happen, and bodies in motion are still going to be unstoppable in a lot of cases, which will still lead to injury.
Now I’ve read a lot of comments on sports blogs and sports news sites from fans who keep saying - when are they just going to make it flag football?The answer is never. The NFL is a money making behemoth, and they are never going to water down their product to the point of where it won’t be exciting to watch. But as with everything in life, the rules should change for the better, whether it is sports or politics and the law. And the rules should change to protect football players who have families and children, so that after they are retired, they have a chance to enjoy watching their kids grow up. Many retiring football players have young children, and I’m sure they would enjoy being able to attend their football games, and be happy to see them not being allowed to plow their sons heads into another player, just because that is they way it always was.
There are a few other rules that have been passed, and more still being discussed, but they are relatively uninteresting. You can read more about them here - NFL rule changes
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