A rule possibly being introduced preventing running backs from initiating contact with the crown of their helmets has been the focus of a lot of heat lately.
A guy who gave as much as he received doesn't see a problem with it.
"I didn't use my head," Jim Brown said, via Newsday's Tom Rock. "I used my forearm. The palm of my hand. And my shoulder. And my shoulder pads. I wasn't outting my head into too much of anything. I don't think that's a good idea. At least is doesn't sound like a good idea to me if I'm not guaranteed that my head is going to be strong enough to hurt somebody else and not hurt myself."
Other running backs have not had the same feelings. Emmitt Smith and Matt Forte have recently voiced their Opinions regarding the rule change. Emmitt went as far as saying "As a running back, it's almost impossible. The first thing you do is get behind your shoulder pads. That means you're leaning forward and the first part of contact that's going to take place is your head, regardless."
Jim Brown went on to say "Nobody I ever broke bread with, and I see players all the time, talked about using their head running the football. I've seen Barry Sanders and Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen and Franco Harris and we've all been together - we were all together at the Super Bowl - and no one talked about using their head,"
Jim Brown sees it the way the league does, but current players do not seem to be one the same page as Brown.