View Full Version : No More Long Hair For NFL Players?

03-25-2008, 03:46 AM

By Anthony Hall | March 24th, 2008

(http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/03/21/nfl-could-ban-hair-flowing-out-of-helmets/)Via Fanhouse (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/03/21/nfl-could-ban-hair-flowing-out-of-helmets/), Adam Schefter is reporting that (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/03/21/nfl-could-ban-hair-flowing-out-of-helmets/)the Kansas City Chiefs have proposed a rule (http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story;jsessionid=EDB1B85340613F3DFF69DCCF920B92DB? id=09000d5d80753d85&template=with-video&confirm=true) that would ban players from having hair that’s long enough to cover the name on their uniform. In other words, if the NFL enacted this suggested rule, Troy Polamalu would need to get a considerable amount of hair cut off before the beginning of next season. From the article:

The Chiefs view longer hair as a uniform violation. But others could interpret it as a safety violation. When Kansas City played Pittsburgh in October 2006, Chiefs running back Larry Johnson pulled down Polamalu from behind grabbing ahold of his hair.

There apparently has been no empirical data that supports that longer hair is a safety issue, but it is an issue with at least one team. And it will generate discussion and debate.
Yeah, I certainly see this proposal as a matter of safety rather than uniform obstruction. I haven’t once heard a complaint from teams about not being able to see someone’s name on his uniform through long hair…I mean, if you’re having trouble identifying Polamalu for example, I’d suggest looking for a dude in a Steelers uniform wearing #43, or simply try to spot the guy with ridiculously long hair. Being able to see someone’s name on his jersey doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.

Indeed, I’m not buying the claim that this issue is centered around uniform violations — rather, it’s about the risk that hair tugs pose to NFL players.
So, is it reasonable for the NFL to impose rules restricting the hair length of its players? In a word, no. The NFL is continuing to take this whole “No Fun League” thing to further and further extremes…first, Roger Goodell’s Hater Parade comes through town and takes Ocho Cinco’s touchdown celebrations away, and now they’re looking to make players cut their hair? Is this a sports league meant to provide entertainment, or the freaking US Army?

If players want to have long hair, let them take the risk of getting dragged down from behind in excruciatingly painful fashion. It’s their decision. NFL players are adults…let’s treat them as if they’re responsible enough to pick their own hairstyle.
(http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/03/21/nfl-could-ban-hair-flowing-out-of-helmets/) (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/03/21/nfl-could-ban-hair-flowing-out-of-helmets/)

I know this has been discussed before, but from the sounds of things, this rule just may end up being implemented...

03-25-2008, 08:48 AM
They best not be messing with Troy's hair! Remember Samson???

03-25-2008, 09:33 AM
Why do they even care? I've never heard anybody complain from being pulled down by their hair.

03-25-2008, 09:39 AM
they dont complain because the second they do they will be told to cut it. it probobly doesnt feel good. but for 1 day a week, 16 or more days a year they deal with it. but it wouldnt surprise me to see a rule enacted.

03-25-2008, 09:46 AM
They cannot implement that rule without union approval. It would violate a section of the cba if they did.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association essneially prevents the passage of such a rule without the consent of the union.

Article VII, Section 2 states: “Clubs may make and enforce reasonable rules governing players’ appearance on the field and in public places while representing the Clubs; provided, however, that no player will be disciplined because of hair length or facial hair.”

03-25-2008, 10:55 AM

03-25-2008, 12:22 PM
it'll never flyyyyy....

03-25-2008, 12:32 PM
No worries! Troy will have a hair net and tuck it!

03-25-2008, 12:44 PM
Also I thought that Polamlu didn't cut his hair because of his heritage/culture. It would be pretty dick of them to force him against it.

Brady Quinn
03-25-2008, 01:14 PM
Who cares I think it looks bad, but there are some great players with long hair.

03-25-2008, 07:23 PM
Who cares I think it looks bad, but there are some great players with long hair.

doesn't have anything to do with how "it looks"

03-25-2008, 07:46 PM
ill be honest...i have pretty long hair...nowhere near as long as troy's...but still decently long....and it hurts like a bitch to be pulled down by your hair....but you get over it and get back up...take a number...and hit the guy clean next time

03-25-2008, 08:03 PM
the NFL won't be able to pass that, the players union won't stand for it. Long hair is part of the heritage for some cultures like in Troy's case.

03-25-2008, 08:15 PM
If the NFL is doing this because they are worried about injuries, then they need to crack down on players who use the horse collar tackle. Other then that I don't see why a player having long hair would even be an issue.

03-26-2008, 10:23 AM
well it could b an effort by the N.F.L aka no fun league 2 stop the black players from growing locks aka so called ( dread locks) anyway this is getting out of hand, next they will make an rule that no one can grow an beard

Hawk Believer
03-26-2008, 10:53 AM
well it could b an effort by the N.F.L aka no fun league 2 stop the black players from growing locks aka so called ( dread locks) anyway this is getting out of hand, next they will make an rule that no one can grow an beard

Only if they have ZZ Top beards.

03-28-2008, 05:11 PM
doesn't have anything to do with how "it looks"


NOw that *** from the Bengals with the mangy long puffy, dried ended, nasty, red hair sticking out is just bad!!! He definately needs his mess cut!

03-29-2008, 09:05 PM


Heard this on sirius and i was ~~~~ :cursin::cursin::cursin::cursin:

I've got long hair and it's my right to have it and it should be there right also!

Don't think this will be voted in anyways,,,,,,,at least until a serious injury occurs from it,,,,,,,,My :2cents: worth :greengrin: