The "Brady Rule": Am I Missing Something?

William VotaContributor IMarch 26, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

One Sunday afternoon with friends gathered and watching an NFL game.  A LB slices through the line and Hammers the QB to the turf. A violent hit that sounds so hard the screen shakes. We leap to our feet, beer spills, high fives go around, and we all KNOW we will see that again on ESPN later. That is the type of hit we long for in football.


This article is not about that type of play.

This article is about a play that more closely resembles a 300-pound tuna flopping on a dock and landing on a man's knee. It is about a play that would never even be considered for a highlight reel EXCEPT for the fact that this type of play causes injuries.

I want to state for the record that I love football!

I love the big hit!

I played defense and loved hitting hard and making a play. That being said, I don't like injuries and don't wish them on any player. 

Now football is a violent game played by the biggest, fastest, and strongest we can find so there will always be injuries, pure and simple.

But I am sitting here writing this article and wondering: Am I missing something? 

After reading several articles and numerous comments bashing this rule, questioning the toughness of QB's and complaining that they want the big hits and this rule is awful.  I read one article which went so far as to say it was ridiculous that a man on his knees could no longer lunge at a player's knees and DESTROY his season. 

I know that a kick to the front knee isn't allowed in MMA.

I know that chop blocking a defensive players knees is illegal, but we have an outcry of emotion because the NFL adjusted a rule to better protect the knees of the QB. 

The QB! The position of leadership where the entire offense runs through. The face of most teams. This seems like it is a smart rule, not unfair or ridiculous.

I don't remember an outcry of how wimpy defensive linemen were when they made chop blocking illegal. As a matter of fact, I recall it being said it was about time something was done because of the injuries. 

So I am left to wonder... Do we the football fan have a blood lust and want injuries, or is all this hatred of the rule because it is named after Brady?

The rule seems like an excellent way to prevent these types of injuries, considering nobody noticed it before. That is, at least until someone got hurt. For now, we will be too busy waiting for that next highlight reel!