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    No More Long Hair For NFL Players?

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    By Anthony Hall | March 24th, 2008

    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. 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.


    I know this has been discussed before, but from the sounds of things, this rule just may end up being implemented...
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    They best not be messing with Troy's hair! Remember Samson???

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    Why do they even care? I've never heard anybody complain from being pulled down by their hair.

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    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.

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    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.”


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    No worries! Troy will have a hair net and tuck it!


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    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.

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    Who cares I think it looks bad, but there are some great players with long hair.

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