Fans who love old-style physical football -- some would say the pre-Roger Goodell era -- are bound to be outraged by a proposed NFL rule that prohibits the ball-carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet.
Most certainly, Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, is outraged. In an interview with a Dallas radio station, he said, ``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?
Emmitt Smith Says New Safety Rule Means NFL Has “Lost Its Mind”
I like it. It's ridiculous that defenders could be penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit in cases where the ballcarrier is just as responsible. And if they're going to actually care about concussions (or pretend that they care) this seems to make sense in that regard.
"I'm pretty sure [Andre Caldwell]'ll do a lot more with Manning than he did with Andy Dalton." - StaggerLee
If Swann and Stallworth are in the HOF, Hine has to go in. He has more stats than both of those guys plus he is a Super Bowl MVP. His hitting the DBs and CBs around is also a stat that will not show up, but helped win games.