Saturday, March 16, 2013

Racing towards flag football

A few weeks ago I posted about the legal threats the NFL is currently facing in regards to the concussion and brain damage issue (previous post here).  Well, today the sports news included an item that strongly suggests the NFL is absolutely petrified of the potential legal ramifications if they're shown to have been negligent with player safety. Apparently, the NFL's Competition Committee wants to ban running backs from lowering their heads when making contact with defenders.  Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith had some choice words for the NFL:

“If 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?’’ Smith said Thursday in an exclusive interview with Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. “You’ve absolutely lost your mind.’’
“As a running back, it’s almost impossible (to not lower your head),’’ said the Dallas Cowboys legend. “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."
The league, of course, says the proposed rule change is for player safety, but I'm cynical enough to think that it's more for legal protection than anything else.  Read the article and decide for yourself.