While the NFL helmet has become better at protecting the players, it has also become more of a weapon in recent years as players have gone away from wrapping up ball carriers and are more intent on delivering a blow worthy of SportsCenter.
Of course, the NFL could require a soft shell be applied to all helmets, but that would look dorky, and wouldn’t sound nearly as cool on television. Instead, maybe the NFL just needs to find a way to get players back to tackling fundamentals.
The video below if from a recent rugby match in Australia. And as we can see, the rather large fella, Pek Cowan, demonstrates that a solid fundamental tackle can still be brutal, and it can still look cool.
And everybody wins! Well, the ballcarrier still doesn’t win. But at least he’ll remember the game…
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