Emmitt Smith has made headlines the last few days because of his opinion on an NFL rule change. The former Dallas Cowboys running back doesn't like the idea of penalizing a running back for lowering his helmet to initiate contact with defenders.
During a Monday phone interview, Smith explained why he calls the rule ridiculous.
"I think it affects every aspect of our game," Smith said. "As a running back, you've been taught since you were a little kid to get behind your shoulder pads to protect yourself and lower your shoulder. The first thing you do is lower your shoulder but attached to your shoulder is your head. It's not like you're trying to go in there and really trying to deliver a blow but your head is part of protecting yourself, and it gets in the way a lot whether or not you're trying to hit with the crown of your head or you're trying to brush somebody off with your shoulder.
"Once your head gets in contact with another persons head it's just a natural part of the proc...