Former NFL Pro Bowler says new helmet rule is ‘destroying’ football

Ex-Niner Donte Whitner sounds off on ‘Joe, Lo & Dibs’

Karl Buscheck
August 03, 2018 - 9:35 am

NFL Twitter was none too pleased with the league’s new helmet rule during Thursday night’s Hall of Fame Game between the Bears and Ravens.

Donte Whitner, a former Niner safety and two-time Pro Bowler, is no fan of the helmet rule either, as he detailed on “Joe, Lo & Dibs” on Friday.

“I think the new rule is destroying the game of football, honestly,” Whitner said on 95.7 The Game.

For context, here are the specifics of the polarizing regulation:

“It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.”

“...using any part of a player’s helmet or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent (Note: This provision does not prohibit incidental contact by the mask or the helmet in the course of a conventional tackle or block on an opponent).”

Here's the beginning of the trouble from Thursday night...

“I saw a couple hits out there last night where guys went in with the shoulder, helmet slightly tilted, that was nowhere near (a penalty),” Whitner continued. “I don’t really think that I would be able to play in the National Football League today with the way that I played the game of football all my life.

“So, I really think, honestly, that they’re destroying the game of football with these new rules.”

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