Ex-Cowboy Emmitt Smith criticizes proposed NFL rule

Emmitt Smith runs the ball while defended by Jessie Armstead of the Washington Redskins on November 28, 2002 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – A proposed rule change by the NFL that would bar those carrying the ball from initiating contact with the crown of the helmet is drawing fire from a former league superstar.

CBS DFW reports that former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith told Dallas radio station The Fan that the rule “sounds like it’s been made up by people who have never played the game of football.”

“As a running back, it’s almost impossible (to not lower your head),” Smith said. “The first thing you do is get behind your shoulder pads. And what that means is you’re leaning forward … the first part of contact that’s going to take place is going to be your head, regardless.”

The proposed change is expected to be presented to NFL owners next week.

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