What Rules from College Football need to be in the NFL

As the end of the New England vs Pittsburgh game ended with another “is that a catch?” play with Jesse James’s go-ahead TD being waived off here are some of the rules of college football that need to be in the NFL.


Here is the text of the rule according to the NCAA

No player shall target and make forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent (See Note 2 below) with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder. This foul requires that there be at least one indicator of targeting (See Note 1 below). When in question, it is a foul (Rules 2-27-14 and 9-6). (A.R. 9-1-4-I-VI)

Note 1: “Targeting” means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are not limited to:

  • Launch – a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make forcible contact in the head or neck area
  • A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground
  • Leading with helmet, shoulder, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area
  • Lowering the head before attacking by initiating forcible contact with the crown of the helmet

Now, why this would be a good idea is clearly obvious. It makes progress in the player safety aspect of the game by decreasing the chance for injury and also is a deterrent for a player such as Rob Gronkowski or Vontaze Burfict to not hit any other player in the back or the crown of the head. In fact, click here for the Gronkowski hit that got him suspended for a game.

Or click here for the Vontaze Burfict hit on Antonio Brown in the wild-card game.

And to be fair also the JuJu Smith-Schuster block on Vontaze Burfict on Monday Night Football. All of these are hits on the head that are easily preventative by a deterrent like an instant expulsion and suspension of a half.

Here is an example of targeting in college football and how it was called


In the NFL, overtime is merely an extra quarter in the regular season of 10 minutes and both teams have two timeouts and the only one who could challenge is the replay official. In the postseason there is still the two timeouts and 10 minute quarter and there are more until someone records a score.

For the game to end on the first possession of the overtime period, the following two scenarios need to happen:

  1. Offense scores a touchdown
  2. Defense scores either a safety, an interception return touchdown, or a fumble return touchdown

But it continues if the first team to get the ball scores a field goal which then means the second team needs to score at least a field goal to trigger sudden-death.

In college it is more simple, here is a video about it:



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