NFL defenders are subject to penalties, fines and possible suspensions if they hit an offensive player too high. Hit a quarterback low in the pocket and a flag and possibly a fine will follow.
St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald took a creative approach on Sunday to the issue of not going too high and not going too low. But, dude, that’s not quite the middle, either.
Admit it, guys. You cringed. I did. Of all the ways to be tackled, by the junk is not a way I want to go down. Ever. San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was not a happy camper. He tweeted Monday that the NFL should outlaw the practice (the tweet was later deleted). FOX Sports’ officiating guru Mike Pereira was unsympathetic:
.@MikePereira on the Vernon Davis groin play: “If you can tackle by the hair (legally), you can tackle by that too.”
— FOX Football Daily (@FFD) December 2, 2013
McDonald is a rookie, so maybe he can be forgiven. But for my money, there are some things a man should just not do to another man on a football field. What do you think?