Make football tolerable again!

Make football tolerable again!

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Joseph Kocolowski started this petition to NFL and

I have found football less and less watchable ever since the “block in the back” penalty has been enforced. This applies to not only NFL Pro Football, but also NCAA College Football. I don’t have the exact statistics in front of me, but I can tell you that approximately 100% of exciting special teams plays become nullified by a “block in the back” penalty.

Years ago, defensive players were actively coached to “keep their heads on a swivel.” Just because today’s defensive players are incapable of paying attention doesn’t mean an exciting offensive/special teams play should be nullified.

A vast majority of block in the back penalties are accidental and are the result of the ball carrier changing directions in an effort to make a positive play.  As athletes continue to become quicker and more atheletic, these penalties will become more and more prevalent. 

Is this a matter of player safety?  I think we can all endorse rules that make the game safer for participants.  Rules that protect player safety should continue to be enforced. But let me ask you one question...When have you ever seen a severe injury occur as the result of a block in the back?  I’m sure it’s happened before, but I honestly can't remember a famous example.  

While I believe that an egregious, intentional block in the back should continue to be flagged, an overwhelming majority of these situations should be ignored by officials.  What do you think?

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