March 25, 2013
During the NFL's review of how the league will-look to prevent-helmet-to-helmet hits, Exhibit A was introduced - Cleveland Browns-RB-Trent Richarson's violent hit on Eagles safety Kurt Coleman that sent his helmet flying off.
By a majority vote, running backs can now be penalized for lowering their heads and intentionally using the crown of their helmet on opposing players when they're outside the tackle box.
"I feel like I made it bad for all the backs," Richardson told Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. "I feel like it's my fault."
"People keep telling me it's the T-Rich rule," he said. "I guess I made history today."
The vote passed 31-1, with the only one opposing to it was Bengals owner Mike Brown, who told the Cincinnati Enquirer he felt it would too hard to officiate.
Richardson was admittingly 'shocked' that the Browns voted for the rule change, but says he "understand[s] why they did it. The...