Football: Horse Collar Tackle

Let’s discuss The Horse Collar Rule.

I couldn’t find video of the 4 NFL players whose legs were actually broken during the 2004 season, which precipitated a 27-5 owner’s vote for the NFL’s version of the rule, which you can find in the NFL Rules at Rule 12, Section 2, Article 15 (Page 9/11).

It states:

No player shall grab the inside collar of the back or the side of the shoulder pads or jersey pads or jersey, and pull the runner toward the ground.  This does not apply to a runner who is in the tackle box or to a quarterback who is in the pocket. Note: It is not necessary for a player to pull the runner completely to the ground in order for the act to be illegal. If his knees are buckled by the action, it is a foul, even if the runner is not pulled completely to the ground.  Penalty: For a Horse-Collar Tackle: Loss of 15 yards and an automatic first down.


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