Well it finally happened. Today in the Lions – Cowboys game a player was tackled by the long hair hanging out of the back of his helmet. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh pulled Cowboys RB Marion Barber down by his hair. I’m honestly amazed that we don’t see this happen more often, probably because most of the players in the league with long hair are defenders.
I personally think that this was a bad call to penalize Suh on this play. I realize that pulling someone down from their hair is very similar to a horse-collar tackle, but if it is a penalty for tackling someone by the hair, then a player could just grow his hair really long, so that it covered up most of his back. Now defenders can’t grab your back to tackle you because they would get penalized. With his long hair Marion Barber creates a “safe zone” on his back where no defender can grab onto his jersey, because his hair is in the way. In my mind this is an unfair advantage. If the players are afraid of injuries happening due to these “hair tackles,” then they can simply cut their hair, or do something else to prevent it from hanging out of their helmet. What do you guys think?