Trent Richardson Blames Himself For New Helmet Rule

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Alot has been said about the new helmet rule in the NFL that forbids running backs to lead with the head when running. People seem to think that lowering the shoulders is now illegal, but it’s not. What’s now illegal is lowering you head and using it as a battering ram. The problem comes in when you lower your shoulders, you’ll now have to keep your head up, which is a bit of a strange position to for your body to be in. Not impossible, but slightly awkward.

Jerome Bettis, former battering ram of the Pittsburgh Steelers said today on Mike and Mike in the Morning, “It really makes no sense. . . . The running back now is going to have some indecision with his helmet and his head. . . . Whenever a running back has indecision, there’s potential for injury.”

Bettis explained that when he played, and he lowered his helmet, the reason was
not to hit someone with his head. The head just naturally lowered when he lowered his shoulders.

“I don’t put my head down saying I’m trying to lead with the crown of my helmet, I put my head down because there’s trouble on the way. . . I’m putting my head down because I want to get my shoulders lower.”

Bettis also said, “We’re creating so many plays that are subjective for the referee, that before you know it the referee controls the outcome of the game because these calls can go either way, and then the referees start taking too prominent of a role in deciding the outcome of the game,” Bettis said.

Meanwhile, Cleveland Browns running back, Trent Richardson blames himself for the new helmet rule because of his head-first hit on Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman last September that knocked off the defender’s helmet. “I feel like I made it bad for all the backs. I feel like it’s my fault,” Richardson said.

By taking all running back’s sins onto himself, if Adrian Peterson is known as “Purple Jesus”, does this make Richardson “Brown Jesus”? Ok bad joke, but seriously, will this make big backs like Brandon Jacobs, Larry Csonka, Christian “Nigerian Nightmare” Okoye and Natrone Means a thing of the past?

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