Stray Arrows: No Hair Pulling In Football?


Stray Arrows (AA)Remember when Larry Johnson got pissed a few years back when Troy Polamalu was running back a turnover and threw him around by his locks WWE style? (how anyone could forget the severe beating we took after the infamous sex toy-conference fiasco in Pittsburgh is beyond me.)Well, it looks like that may have been the motivation for a new proposed rule change–because of the Chiefs. From AOL Fanhouse:

Adam Schefter reported on NFL Network that the NFL’s competition committee is considering a rule that would bar a player from wearing his hair long enough on the field to obscure his name on the back of his jersey. Players like Polamalu and Jaguars cornerback Rashaen Mathis would either need to get a haircut or figure out a way to stuff all that hair in their helmets throughout a game.

According to Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs proposed the rule change, perhaps motivated by the incident in October 2006, when Chiefs running back Larry Johnson pulled Polamalu’s hair to drag him down from behind — which is legal — and then held onto the hair after both players hit the ground, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty.

I don’t know about this. I don’t want anybody telling me how to cut my hair. Then again, my hair is buzzed. Also, there are bosses out there who don’t allow employees to have long hair, so this wouldn’t be that unprecedented. My thing is, if players want to take the risk of having long hair out there on the field, isn’t that their problem?

Tags: Hair Pull Larry Johnson NFL Rules Troy Polamalu