Originally Posted by boLT fan
Wasn't there some big debate a while ago when Ricky Williams had dreds? I think, but don't quote me on this, that they said the same rules apply for long hair as they do for horse collar. You can't grab and pull backwards and make them stop suddenly.
I got curious enough to google it. This from Jerry Marbreit, former NFL referee's colum in the Chicago tribune.
Tackling a runner solely by grabbing his hair: legal tackle or penalty? --Joe, Birmingham, Ala.
Any player who has his hair sticking out of his helmet is fair game. A defender can grab that hair and fling the player to the ground with no danger of penalty, providing he does not grab the face mask or inside of the helmet in doing so.