Can you tackle a guy by his dreads?

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  1. nut

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    Not being a smartass, have wondered for a while if pulling a guy down by his dreadlocks is the same as a horsecollar or facemask. Who knows the rule?
     
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    Yes it is legal. Larry Johnson made a legal tackle on Troy Polamalu on an int return by grabbing his hair, however, he was flagged when he wouldn't let go and decided to pull him up by the hair.

    The horse collar rule is to prevent damage to the trachea by the shoulder pads.
     
  3. nut

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    Thanks MLT. Great answer.
     
  4. TexansFanatic

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    Pretty sure the rule was written with Ricky Williams specifically in mind. He sported dreads back in the day and the rules state that, yes, one can be tackled by his hair.
     
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    Johnson claimed his hand got stuck in Polamalu's curly hair.:mcnugget:
     
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    That also caused him to lose the dreads...

    Dread-Head, if you and I ever getta play, we gotta our dreads!!
     
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    Yes.

    I saw a college game a couple of years ago where the receiver had an entire dreadlock yanked completely out of his head. Perfectly legal. The camera showed the dread lying on the field like a dead snake.
     


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    Yep. He said: "You can tackle me by my hair? Then, screw it, I'm shaving my head."
     
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    Must be that Head-N-Shoulders extra thickness in 1 week working at its finest!
     
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    You're absolutely correct..........it actually carries the name "The Ricky Williams Rule.
     
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    Fixed for accuracy! ;)
     
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    Get a haircut and don't worry about it.
     
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    LOL. 100% accurate.
     
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    Exactly. I think dreadlocks look slummy hanging out of a football helmet. Open season on unwashed matted hair sounds good to me.
     
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    As I was watching MNF last night, I was thinking this same thing. Glad you asked the question, and thanks for the answers guys... this place is better than Wikipedia! :)
     
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    I think the players have respect for each other enough not to do that. Its a cheap move
     
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    :spit:

    What??!? Cheap or not, this is a league where guys will punch you in your junk, given the opportunity..
     
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    If your running with someone whos faster than you, have that one chance to reach out, grab something, and prevent a TD, your not going to make sure to avoid grabbing someones hair. If its there, yank away. I don't see a player considering it dirty, less your pulled back UP by said hair. OWW
     
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