Steelers LB Larry Foote has no problem with a ban on low hits

May 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote (50) participates in organized team activities at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In the wake of the injury Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller (he tore three ligaments in his knee after being hit low by Houstons Texans safety D.J. Swearinger last weekend), the sports would has been abuzz over a potential banning of low hits. After the game, Swearinger said he hit Keller low to avoid hitting him in the head, which is both a penalty and a fine.

However, most NFL players don’t agree with that rationale.

In fact, several current NFL players, including the Atlanta Falcons future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, say they’d rather be hit in the head then in the knees.

All of this has led to the discussion of low hits and whether or not they should be legal.

It seemed clear there would be two sides to this argument – offensive players who would like those types of hits banned and defensive players who are wondering just how they are going to tackle opponents without being flagged.

That isn’t the case. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote surprised many with his comments on 105.9 the X in Pittsburgh Thursday.

“As long as they turn up and see you coming you can hit them wherever you want,” Foote said.

With these types of comments from players like Gonzalez and Foote, the NFL obviously has something to talk about.


Topics: Larry Foote, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • Bill Maley

    Can we just Velcro flags to their waists already? Can’t hit high, can’t hit low, can’t hit defenseless, can’t lower helmet…Where does it end? Flag football. I am sorry but these guys are getting paid millions to play a game that is physical, they knew what the game was when they signed that contract with all those zeros. It is a job with risks, but massive financial rewards for them.
    I am fine with improving equipment for safety but you can’t take a game like football and ban every kind of hit possible, if I wanted to watch a bunch of over-paid wimps I would watch baseball.

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