No More Long Hair For NFL Players?

No More Long Hair For NFL Players?

There are 28 comments on the Most Valuable Network story from Mar 24, 2008, titled No More Long Hair For NFL Players?. In it, Most Valuable Network reports that:

Via Fanhouse , Adam Schefter is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs have proposed a rule that would ban players from having hair that's long enough to cover the name on their uniform. via Most Valuable Network

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Ryan

Paradise Valley, AZ

#1 Mar 25, 2008
That is a dumb rule. I think there is no reason a player should not have as long hair as they want. Why does it matter if there hair covers there name. I am a Steelers fan and nothing bad ever happened to Troy Polomalu except one time when he got an interception and he got tackled by his hair. But that is it!
Stormfront

Kansas City, MO

#2 Mar 25, 2008
Im in favor of hair tackling
Gary

Madisonburg, PA

#3 Mar 25, 2008
You know, my employer has the right to tell me to cut my hair if it becomes long enough to cast an unprofessional image on the company. I don't believe that the NFL would have any right to pass a rule like this, but the guy who signs those paychecks does have a reasonable expectation that the people who work for him will hold their appearance to his standard. Sure, I would miss seeing Polomalu's mane flying in the breeze when he lays down a hurtin' on some well deserving running back, but if the Rooney's decided that it was cut the hair or cut the roster, I'll bet Troy would chop the locks (at least until he could get traded). In theory I don't have a problem with guys being tackled by their hair, but there is the possibility of serious damage being done to a guys neck if he is drug down by his hair.
Paul

Newark, NJ

#4 Mar 26, 2008
Who is to say long hair is unprofessional. That's like saying your too old or not the right ethnicity. Players in the NFL know their hair is fair game and they can be tackled by their hair. In Troy's case, he is of Samoan descent and Samoan's typically wear their hair long. It is part of their culture. Do we tell African American's not to wear their cultural clothing?

“The Lombardi Sixpack”

Since: Feb 08

Butler, PA

#5 Mar 26, 2008
I have mixed feelings about this. I think for a ball handler to have long hair is stupid since it gives someone one more thing to grab and make a tackle. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. As for Troy, I think he is easier for opposing QBs and blockers to keep track of with his hair flying around. He still makes plays but I think he could hide better by tucking that "flag" in.
KERWIN FAUTUA

United States

#6 Apr 7, 2008
I THINK THAT THIS STUPID RULE IS OVER RULING THE FIRST ADMENMENT (I THINK THATS HOW YOU SPELL IT)"FREEDOM OF CULTURE"
Ricky Tripp Macon MO

Milwaukee, WI

#7 Apr 10, 2008
I think that long hair should be accepted i mean the players are just gonna have to understand if they get tackaled by it thats there own problem they have a choice weather or not they want to get tackeled by it and if they dont than cut the shit off...
lizzy

Lubbock, TX

#8 Apr 16, 2008
Long hair? Are they serious? They (owners)need to take a look at the morality of some of their players. Kids look up to them and we see evidence of kids following in the errant ways of these players. Let players wear their hair as they choose. Clean house. Get rid of players thwt break rht rules and stop rewarding them by allowing them to be traded to another team. Send them packing.
Luke

Denton, TX

#9 Jun 30, 2008
I know this has been a while by now, but what is the news on this so far? Can someone give me an update?

I looked everywhere on current events and found nothing. I am a football player with dreams to go in the NFL and I have long hair, but I keep it braided when I play. I'm hoping that I am not going to have to start thinking about Canadian football, but if that corrupt, good-for-nothing KC chiefs team and Rodger goodell decide to exclude long hair from the NFL, I might probably have to start thinking about playing in the CFL.

Or maybe, if a long-haired football league forms if they do ban long hair from the NFL, I might have to play in there.

Anyways, I think that here in 2008, things like this should not exist anymore, people like Herman Edwards should not be in charge. And I heard that they even made it legal to tackle a player by his hair, hence there is no room for him or anybody to even put something forth like this.
CATskinner

Elko, NV

#10 Jul 6, 2008
it only hurts the guy with long hair if something happens so it is your own business. they're not in the military

Since: Apr 08

Paris, TN

#11 Jul 7, 2008
Look the way I see it, Football "was" a sport of uniformity!!!! There were no stand outs...for example, Joe Pa at Penn State. No names just numbers, simple Blue and White. Because it is a TEAM, not an individual sport. Even though Troy is one of my favorite players, I have to agree with the rule!!! Same goes for Jeremy Shocky!!! Mr. take off my helmet and show off my golden locks.....it shouldnt be allowed. Football has lost itself over the years, and fans have lost what it once was. You like lookin like the drummer for White Snake? Fine with me....Tuck it in!!!!

“The Lombardi Sixpack”

Since: Feb 08

Butler, PA

#12 Jul 7, 2008
SteelMcbeil wrote:
Look the way I see it, Football "was" a sport of uniformity!!!! There were no stand outs...for example, Joe Pa at Penn State. No names just numbers, simple Blue and White. Because it is a TEAM, not an individual sport. Even though Troy is one of my favorite players, I have to agree with the rule!!! Same goes for Jeremy Shocky!!! Mr. take off my helmet and show off my golden locks.....it shouldnt be allowed. Football has lost itself over the years, and fans have lost what it once was. You like lookin like the drummer for White Snake? Fine with me....Tuck it in!!!!
There is a rule about taking off your helmet; I'm not sure about having a rule about long hair. If I were a coach, I would insist that all players tuck their hair under the helmet. Why give the opponents something else to tackle you by? It makes no sense. To take one step farther...why give them something besides your number to track you. You can see Troy easily by his hair waving around like a flag.

Agreed about the me first attitude that is all over the league. I think it boils down to the money from commercials/endorsements etc. that accompanies star status.
Luke

Plano, TX

#13 Jul 7, 2008
What I normally do on the field is I always braid my hair whenever I play. What I do believe is that if the rich, hummer-driving people in charge of the NFL want to make some kind of rule like this, I think the closest they should do this day and age is to have them braid or tie it back and nothing more than that.

And I also agree to the saying of "Don't fix it if it is not broken." In this case, that saying applies to us. There is nothing wrong with us because we are men with long hair. To the owners, it does no good to start making rules against us for nothing.

We have fought hard for years to get into the NFL and they don't have any right to get rid of us.

If that happens though, I see no problem playing in the Canadian league or Arena football.

"it only hurts the guy with long hair if something happens"

I agree with you CATskinner, and also if its not the military and there is no real reason for the owners to overexcercise their power, the image of the owners would be hurt most of all.

Keep in mind, the demand for men to cut their hair is almost never for the sake of ones appearance, but almost always for the sake of power. By abusing power they hurt their image, and abuse will cause sympathisers.

Since: Apr 08

Paris, TN

#14 Jul 8, 2008
Luke wrote:
What I normally do on the field is I always braid my hair whenever I play. What I do believe is that if the rich, hummer-driving people in charge of the NFL want to make some kind of rule like this, I think the closest they should do this day and age is to have them braid or tie it back and nothing more than that.
And I also agree to the saying of "Don't fix it if it is not broken." In this case, that saying applies to us. There is nothing wrong with us because we are men with long hair. To the owners, it does no good to start making rules against us for nothing.
We have fought hard for years to get into the NFL and they don't have any right to get rid of us.
If that happens though, I see no problem playing in the Canadian league or Arena football.
"it only hurts the guy with long hair if something happens"
I agree with you CATskinner, and also if its not the military and there is no real reason for the owners to overexcercise their power, the image of the owners would be hurt most of all.
Keep in mind, the demand for men to cut their hair is almost never for the sake of ones appearance, but almost always for the sake of power. By abusing power they hurt their image, and abuse will cause sympathisers.
Long hair just started blossoming what? 5 to 6 years ago? It wasnt allowed before! Players want to be individually noticed, and more worried about how they look on Monday Night football than how they need to be playing the game!!!!

“I knew it.Hank's a RaidersFan!”

Since: Feb 07

Raleigh, NC

#15 Jul 8, 2008
Good Rule....Make em all bald!
Luke

Lewisville, TX

#16 Jul 9, 2008
SteelMcbeil wrote:
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Long hair just started blossoming what? 5 to 6 years ago? It wasnt allowed before! Players want to be individually noticed, and more worried about how they look on Monday Night football than how they need to be playing the game!!!!
Well, I guess now that it's time for things to change. I remember once upon a time there was racial segragation in major league sports. Today that has been rectified, and color does not matter anymore in any league, and I think and believe that to be the case today with long haired males.

I actually searched and I found out that the NFL did not make a rule against having us play, or even not letting us play without tucking the hair in.

I hope and have a dream that one day, long haired players and the short haired players will play together in harmony.

“Steelers Forever”

Since: Dec 07

Cranberry Township PA

#17 Jul 9, 2008
Luke wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I guess now that it's time for things to change. I remember once upon a time there was racial segragation in major league sports. Today that has been rectified, and color does not matter anymore in any league, and I think and believe that to be the case today with long haired males.
I actually searched and I found out that the NFL did not make a rule against having us play, or even not letting us play without tucking the hair in.
I hope and have a dream that one day, long haired players and the short haired players will play together in harmony.
First of all Luke I wish you well in your wish to play in the NFL. I also understand your plight with the long hair, however, if you want to play the game and play it with the best, you have to go by the rules whether it be the Leagues', the coaches, or the owners. Those are the folks in control.
I was a Reservist during the Vietnam era when long hair was really in fashion for men. Many of my buddies wore wigs to comply with the rules. When the drills or camps were over, off came the wigs. Individuality was not lost!LOL!
In thinking back on that era I don't recall any NFL players sporting long hair.

STEELERS ROCK !!!
Luke

Plano, TX

#18 Jul 10, 2008
Thanks for your support, Bill in Cranberry. I will go by the rules as long as they are in reason and are right. Keep in mind, even just because they have the right to do something does not mean that it is right.

And if I am really not wanted wherever I am, and nothing can be done about it, I should simply go somewhere else. What I would do in this case is go over to Canada and play for possibly the Montreal Allouetes or the Toronto Argonauts.

I know that even the good players over there make a little more than CAN$800,000 which would be about US$799,000(which is not much different in comparison: CAN$1 = US$0.9982) where the NFL players can make about 10 times more than that, money really makes no difference to me, though; because money can't buy the more important things that I value: happiness is one of them (and the one that I can think of the most in this case).

Thanks again for your support.
Jeebs

Clayton, MI

#19 Jul 11, 2008
Ryan wrote:
That is a dumb rule. I think there is no reason a player should not have as long hair as they want. Why does it matter if there hair covers there name. I am a Steelers fan and nothing bad ever happened to Troy Polomalu except one time when he got an interception and he got tackled by his hair. But that is it!
i dont get it either. its their choice. if they get pulled by the hair then oh well. and yes i do remember watching that game with my uncle where troy polamalu got the pick and was grabbed by the hair by larry johnson.
Jeebs

Clayton, MI

#20 Jul 11, 2008
SteelMcbeil wrote:
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Long hair just started blossoming what? 5 to 6 years ago? It wasnt allowed before! Players want to be individually noticed, and more worried about how they look on Monday Night football than how they need to be playing the game!!!!
yeah, but these players also have lives and maybe that is just their style and how they want to look. if this shouldnt be cared about then why dont you just shave your head bald.

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