Older RBs deserve respect
Given the demands of the RB position, I have great respect for older backs like Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis.
I laugh at the NFL's defenseless-player rule, which outlaws leading with the helmet against offensive players in a "defenseless position" (including the QB in the act of throwing and the receiver and punt returner before the catch). Why do I laugh? Because it's always legal to hit the runner with the helmet.
Have you ever watched a running back closely? One defender has him by the shoulder pads and helmet, another has his legs and another takes a shot at his ribs. Or he gets spun around and someone drills him in the back with their helmet.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider