“This is a step toward discouraging players from using their helmet as a weapon. That’s a good thing. You can’t talk about increasing player safety without rule changes toward that end.”

– Clifton Brown, sports analyst

“If you face contact with your eyes up, you will get hurt. As a ball carrier, the only thing you can do to protect yourself sometimes is getting down, and that now can be taken as lowering your helmet and using it as a weapon. You take that away from a guy, and now you have to run up in there chin-first.” – Marshall Faulk, Hall of Fame running back

The National Football League is in a tight spot. Currently, the league is looking at lawsuits from nearly 4,000 former players, all claiming the NFL knew more than it revealed, and that it could have done more, to protect them from the effects of head trauma injuries. To be proactive, the league has made steps to protect the brains of its players in the last few years. As YouWager’s dedicated NFL bettors have seen, harsher penalties are applied to helmet-to-helmet hits now.

As YouWager reported earlier, the NFL approved new rules for the 2013 NFL football wagering season. These include one that will bring a penalty for any player that initiates contact with the crown of his helmet.

This latest step to maximize player safety, and prevent head trauma injuries may have the best of intentions, but some online football bettors fear it could dilute the game of football. Some running backs say with the new rule, they will not be able to lower their heads, and this could make them more vulnerable, actually.

Fellow Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith told a YouWager news source, “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.”

Coaches have been debating the rule since the discussion began. Some feel a new running style will have to be developed. But quite a few of YouWager’s veteran sportsbook bettors don’t appear to be concerned. Don’t worry, they say. Safety may be important, but the NFL isn’t going to continue anything that makes people stop watching their games. There’s too much money to be made.