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.