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Adrian Peterson is arguably the most violent running back in the NFL, continually putting a hurt on would-be tacklers.
But that style might have to change with the NFL’s new helmet rule, which prohibits runners from lowering the crown of their helmets.
And the reigning MVP isn’t too happy about it.
“Sooner or later we’re going to be playing touch football,” a “frustrated” Peterson told KFAN. “That’s just the passion in me that said that and then the maturity in me said, you know what, it’s an okay rule because it protects players.”
While he’s resigned to the fact that the rule was put in place for safety, the Vikings’ All-World back thinks it’s geared too much toward defensive players.
“The one thing I do not like about the rule is they single it out towards running backs,” Peterson said. “From my point of view, when you’re looking at the defense and there’s 11 guys coming at you. There’s so many times that guys have came at me and lowered their helmet not with their facemask facing me. They just lowered their helmet and came in and dived at me, my legs and my knees.”
It’s important to note the rule will work both ways. That is, if a defensive player uses the crown of his helmet, he’ll be flagged, too. Peterson appears content with the league’s newest procedure if it’s indeed enforced unbiasedly.
“I’ll be more comfortable with it if they just spread the love and bring that over to the defensive side and make sure when those guys come in to attack us, that they’ve got their head up and face mask showing as well,” Peterson said. “And anytime that they have their helmet down, they get flagged just like they are putting on us. I’ll be satisfied if they do it that way.”
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