DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - The NFL is changing its rules to prevent ball-carriers from initiating contact with the crown of the helmet.
It's an attempt to make the game safer – but the league's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, thinks the NFL should have its own head examined.
"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.''
The NFL's rules-making competition committee will propose this change to NFL owners at league meetings next week. At least 24 votes from 32 owners are required for passage.
"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.
"I disagree with the rule altogether. It doesn't make any sense for that position. It sounds like it's been made up by people who have never played the game of football.''