“You’re going to protect yourself as a runner. Not one running back, you ask anyone in the league, not one is going to change their game. People are just going to have to deal with the consequences the first couple years.”

-Ray Rice, running back, Baltimore Ravens

As soon as the owners of the teams in the National Football League NFL approved the new rule that will penalize running backs for making contact with the crown of their helmet outside the tackle box, YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans saw several famous backs speak out against it. Now, Ray Rice, running back for the league’s reigning champs, the Baltimore Ravens is saying he’s not buying it. By the end of the 2012 NFL football betting season, Rice was the Ravens’ second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis [7,801] with 5,520 yards, and he was also second in attempts (1216). Rice is also second all-time for rushing touchdowns (33) and third for combined touchdowns (36) in the team’s history.

Rice told a YouWager news source, “I don’t like it. I’m just telling you right now, there’s not going to be a guy that’s going to be able to get a free lick on me and think it’s alright. I will defend my case, and I will defend myself as a runner.”

Rice admitted to YouWager’s source that he can appreciate the rule, from a safety standpoint. He said if a runner lowers his helmet to make a hit when he’s going out of bounds, he should get a penalty.

But he that doesn’t mean he won’t protect himself. He told YouWager’s source, “If I’m in the open field and you’re coming at me and I’m coming at you, and I lower my shoulder and I get flagged, I’ll appeal it.”

The rule is supposed to reduce dangerous hits with helmets. Hitting someone with the crown of the helmet is a 15 yard penalty. The NFL said these kinds of hits could also lead to fines and other disciplinary actions.

Delivering a blow with the crown of his helmet is a 15-yard penalty, and the league did note that such hits could lead to fines and other escalating disciplinary action since the rule is intended as a safety measure.

“I don’t like it, but at the same time I’m not one to complain,” Rice told YouWager’s source. “I feel like you either adapt to the change or you get weeded out. What about when running backs are getting held up and safeties are coming to nail you in the head? I don’t see that,” he said.

As soon as he began his NFL career in the 2008 season, YouWager’s serious football bettors say Rice has had a reputation for being one of the top running backs in the league to make yards after making contact. For example, they say, in the 2012 NFL football wagering season, Rice lowered his helmet to make a desperate first down late in Baltimore’s game against the San Diego Chargers. The Ravens won that game.

How will teams win when their backs can’t act like bulldozers? Rice’s teammate, fullback Vonta Leach says he’s not worried. He told YouWager’s source, “It’s crazy, but I think we’ll adjust to it and we’ll overcome it.”