HOF Aeneas Williams likes the new helmet rule(Video)

The game of football is changing. With the increased awareness of concussions, the NFL is trying to refine the rules to protect the players, but with any rule change, it’s going to take time for the players to adjust.

The league is doing whatever it can to take the helmet out the game.

Here is the new rule change that the NFL approved back in March:

 It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area – lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body, is also a foul. Violations of the rule will be easier to see and officiate when they occur in open space – as opposed to close line play – but this rule applies anywhere on the field at any time.

Penalties for Violation: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may also be ejected. Ejection standards:

Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet
Unobstructed path to his opponent
Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options

After watching the first week of the preseason, it seems that every big hit is going to be a penalty, so you wonder what kind impact it will have on the game when the regular season gets underway.

Hall of Famer and former defensive back Aeneas Williams likes the new changes. He believes the changes are good for the players and good for the game:

‘It may be a slight adjustment, or some of the guys may not like it at first, but it’s going to cause quality of life after the game,” Williams recently told Paul Gant. “It’s going to help cause less injuries, but we still will have the same an exciting brand of football. It just will be an adjustment; it will take a little while for guys to adjust, but they will, and it still will be a great game.”

Taking the helmet out the game is not a bad thing, especially with what we know about concussions. Will players adjust? In reality, they don’t have a choice, but for now, be prepared to see a lot of yellow on the field.

Listen below as Williams talks his career, The Award for Excellence program, and the new rule changes in the NFL:



Saints trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

Adrian Peterson’s time in New Orleans did not last very long.  Peterson was sent to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2018 sixth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter.

The Cardinals hope Peterson will be able to replace injured RB David Johnson(wrist).

Peterson has been on record as being unhappy with his role with the Saints. He had this to say after Week 1:  “I didn’t sign up for nine snaps, though.”

Peterson, 32, has rushed for 81 yards in only 27 carries with New Orleans.

In order to add Peterson, the Cardinals waived RB Chris Johnson.



Shooting at Busch Stadium

According to the St. Louis PD, a 34-year-old woman was hit by a stray bullet during the Brewers-Cardinals game on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals released a statement about the incident:

We are aware of an incident last night in which a fan reported being struck by a stray bullet that presumably originated from outside of the stadium. The fan was treated for an abrasion and a bruise on her arm at First Aid and released. She was interviewed by police who are investigating the matter. There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured. We will be sharing more information with the media as further details emerge.

Pretty scary stuff!

Cardinals’ LB Daryl Washington reinstated

Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington has been reinstated on a conditional basis by the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Washington, 30, has not been in the NFL since 2013.

Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season because of substance abuse.



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