The league has insituted a new rule prohibiting ball carriers from using the crown of their helmet to initiate contact in the open field. And all over the NFL, running backs like the Bills Fred Jackson are voicing their objection.
Appearing on The John Murphy Show Wednesday, the Bills veteran says he acknowledges the intent behind the new rule–to protect players from serious head injury. But he says NFL players know the risks when they sign their pro contract.
“When we sign our name on that contact, we know what we’re signing up for,” Jackson said. ” It’s a physical game. That’s what drew us to this game, instead of basketball or baseball—how physical we are. We get to go out and be physical, beat the crap out of each other for three hours, see who comes out on top.”
” We know we put ourselves in harm, our bodies in harm, whenever we step out on that field,” Jackson told host John Murphy. “For those who play this game, you have to have a love for that, or you wouldn’t be able to do it. I think I can speak for everybody in the NFL when I say, there’s a part of the brutality of this sport that draws us to it, that’s why we do it.”
Jackson says he may have to be prepared to be fined as a result of the new rule. He’s worried that adjusting to the rule may alter his running style.
“I’m not a fan of it. We’ll have to abide by the rule, because it is a rule,” he said.
Jackson missed the last three games of the 2012 season with a partially torn ligament in his knee. But he said on the radio show he expects to be ready to work out, when Bills veterans return for offseason conditioning in two weeks.
“I’m on track ready to go. I’m trying to hit the ground running and do as much as I can. I’ve been cleared by all the doctors so I’m ready to get back into it, and get back on the field and prove to these coaches that I need to be on the field.”
The entire interview with Fred Jackson is available in buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow
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