Mike Brown, owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, was the lone holdout today for an unpopular NFL rule change—the crown-of-helmet rule. NFL owners voted 31-1 in favor of penalizing ball carriers from lowering their heads and using the crown of their helmets to hit defenders in the open field.
Although the NFL also tossed the infamous Tuck Rule, it took a backseat to the latest change involving the crown-of-helmet rule.
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney said that Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown didn’t have to lower his head when he played.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell heavily pushed for the rule.
The NFL has made several new rules to protect players from concussions. The league is facing lawsuits from former players who suffered from head injuries while playing in the league.
Former players have accused the NFL of not doing enough to prevent head injuries. The new rules become effective in the 2013 NFL season.