Video: Horse collar flag picked up because player was hair-tackled

Chris Chase

Vince Lombardi liked to say that there were only two things in football: blocking and tackling. The tackling he spoke of involved hitting players low, wrapping up and driving opponents into the ground. He probably never could have imagined having to teach the modern day tactic of "yank that dude down by his hair."

Another reminder of the legality of hair-pulling (it's been allowed for the past few seasons) was given in Sunday's Week 1 game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. At the end of the first half, Titans kicker Rob Bironas attempted an NFL-record 66-yard field goal. It landed short, was caught in the end zone by Jacksonville's Rashean Mathis, who attempted to return the ball for a touchdown. Mathis didn't get far, as he was corralled by Nate Washington.

A flag came out on the play because an official thought Washington's tackle was of the illegal horse-collar variety. Or was it?

OK, but what if Rasheen Mathis or any NFL player got a weave made of horse hair? Would it technically then be considered a horse collar?

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