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Justin Tuck supports player safety

Ever since the NFL decided to beef up the enforcement of rules on the books regarding hitting defenseless receivers in the head or with the head (we should just call it “the Rodney Rule” for short), defensive players throughout the league — and some offensive players — have complained about the new approach.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck took a different approach.  Appearing on Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning, Tuck spoke out in favor of the new emphasis.

“The number one thing is player safety, and as players you’ve got to have that in the back of your head,” Tuck said.  “A big kill shot on a quarterback or an offensive player is not more important than the fact of him being able to walk away from the game and go play with his kids at night.  That’s something that we all have to keep in the back of our heads, and just play the game how it’s meant to be played.  I know the fans and everybody’s gotten so accustomed to all these big hits, but you’ve just got to do it within the rules of the game.  The league is definitely making that an emphasis, so you’ve just got to abide by it.”

Well, Justin, you’ve just guaranteed that you’ll never play for the Steelers.

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36 Responses to “Justin Tuck supports player safety”
  1. Mike Daly says: Nov 4, 2010 6:59 PM

    1 – There is no such thing as a defenseless receiver.
    2 – Tuck makes the same mistake everyone else makes – he’s selling short the toughness and durability of these players.

  2. clavette says: Nov 4, 2010 7:03 PM

    Tuck and umenyiora play the ball and make huge game changing turnovers unlike Harrison who just head hunts players on the field

  3. GBfanForever says: Nov 4, 2010 7:06 PM

    Mike Daly, you sir are an idiot.

  4. CaptainObvious says: Nov 4, 2010 7:09 PM

    Sounds like a pre-emptive suck up to Goodell, Justin Case.

  5. JimmyY says: Nov 4, 2010 7:12 PM

    Mike Daly says:
    November 4, 2010 6:59 PM
    1 – There is no such thing as a defenseless receiver
    BS idiot, tell that to Darryl Stingley’s family.

  6. alexr5111 says: Nov 4, 2010 7:14 PM

    Wow. New player to root for

  7. tdprog1 says: Nov 4, 2010 7:17 PM

    Mike Daly says:
    November 4, 2010 6:59 PM
    1 – There is no such thing as a defenseless receiver.
    2 – Tuck makes the same mistake everyone else makes – he’s selling short the toughness and durability of these players.
    ====================
    Has to be the dumbest set of comments I have ever read. That is unless I revert back to anything James Harrison has ever uttered. But seriously pure stupidity. I tend to believe this was intentional. Nobody is that dumb.

  8. steeltownpride says: Nov 4, 2010 7:22 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJSQ10afpvQ Can we be atleast consistant if your going to fine a player for defenseless recievers and helmet to helmet ? Thats all i ask for . But i guess the flags for that are reserved for Steelers defensive players only . Not the offensive ones

  9. Deb says: Nov 4, 2010 7:28 PM

    Well, Justin, you’ve just guaranteed that you’ll never play for the Steelers.
    ————————————————-
    That was asinine and uncalled for … as well as a ridiculous oversimplification of the discussion in Pittsburgh. No member of the Steelers organization is arguing in favor of spearing defenseless receivers or leaving a QB unable to function after football–nor has any member of the Steelers injured an opposing player in that way.
    Since you’re now in the communication business, you might try focusing on the extremely poor way Goodell handled communicating his message to owners, coaches, and players. If he’d handled this issue with even the finesse of any junior corporate communications employee, none of this controversy would be happening … and you’d be miserable for having nothing to write about. But that last line went too far and you know it.

  10. dakotah says: Nov 4, 2010 7:33 PM

    Damn, JimmyY, you beat me to it.

  11. troysteelerfan says: Nov 4, 2010 7:41 PM

    Coming next …. Flag Football!

  12. mborz says: Nov 4, 2010 7:41 PM

    Florio, you said earlier that Polamalu shouldn’t bother giving his opinion because he can’t change the rules, but now you’re applauding a player who just voiced his opinion, but who also can’t change the rules.
    The only difference is that one of the players agrees with your views and the other one doesn’t. You’re basically saying the one who doesn’t should STFU and the one who does is your hero.
    Way to be objective.

  13. meatball13 says: Nov 4, 2010 7:42 PM

    Tuck=Class
    Harrison=Crass

  14. ravensrock052052 says: Nov 4, 2010 7:52 PM

    Says the Guy whose defense has knocked out 5 different Quarterbacks this year and nailed Jay Cutler over 9 times in the first half!

  15. contract says: Nov 4, 2010 7:53 PM

    Note to opposing players: Justin Tuck wants to get blocked low.
    “That’s something that we all have to keep in the back of our heads, and just play the game how it’s meant to be played.”
    Note to Justin Tuck: The game was meant to be violent and played by men.

  16. ttommytom says: Nov 4, 2010 8:03 PM

    Clavette says it right.
    Osi and Tuck go after the ball. LT invented it. It is NYG football.
    Whoever says there is no such thing as a defenseless receiver has never gone across the middle. Period.
    The Steelers try to intimidate the middle ala their big hitting Safety’s and LB’s. Enforcing the rules affects their play more so than other teams.
    I’m sure Omar Epps would gladly take Tuck yesterday and the year before yesterday.

  17. Levito says: Nov 4, 2010 8:07 PM

    Well, Justin, you’ve just guaranteed that you’ll never play for the Steelers.

  18. meatball13 says: Nov 4, 2010 8:17 PM

    Deb….you’re starting to sound like Voxes Steeler fan sister !!!

  19. mayell says: Nov 4, 2010 8:22 PM

    Ravensrock– every single one of the giants hits on qbs have been legal and not intended to injure..some quarterbacks are just to p*ssy to take a hit sometimes *cough*romo*cough*

  20. NE#12 says: Nov 4, 2010 9:00 PM

    Gotta love the steeler goading. Sure seems like steeler and raven fans are the most combative and responsive … More page views for florio and co!

  21. Bradwins says: Nov 4, 2010 9:47 PM

    Bravo, Mr. Tuck. Justin Tuck has more class in his pinky than the entire Steelers organization has, from the practice squad to the masthead.
    And Deb, don’t get your Steelers panties in a bunch. If the Steelers want to act like neanderthals and insist that they can’t play football without putting other players’ lives in jeopardy, they deserve a lot worse than the little jab Florio gave them.

  22. Clock_Is_King says: Nov 4, 2010 10:16 PM

    Funny, when I see the Steelers of the 70′s and how small they were compared to football players of today, I don’t think ‘steroids’, I think ‘eat something’.
    The James Harrison Rule is going to ruin the sport if it’s not reeled in real fast.
    Troy Polamalu is a class act, and he has come out against the James Harrison Rule too.
    I find it funny that fans of physical teams, like the ratbirds fans, are talking smack when the Steelers players are fighting back on their behalf too.
    The Steelers players, coaches, front office, and ownership have Cahones of Steel for standing up to the establishment.
    What has happened to you, Florio? What event in your life has made you a critic of smashmouth football? That’s the brand of football you grew up loving, and now you are going all out to destroy what you used to love.
    It’s kinda sad.

  23. footballisking says: Nov 4, 2010 10:18 PM

    Apparently you didnt hear the first half of the interview to where he said sometimes you get lucky and hurt the other teams quarterback that if you cut the head off of a chicken it dies….and that when the other team loses a starter it pumps you up…Florio keep inserting your lips to the leagues back end because you will be covering the watered down league your boy Goodell wants…when the real players will play elsewhere and play real football
    and dont worry he would be a waterboy in pittsburgh he couldnt play in the steelers scheme anywhere near like smith and Keisel

  24. Tobias Jodter says: Nov 4, 2010 11:11 PM

    http://www .youtube.com/watch?v =lJSQ10afpvQ Can we be atleast consistant if your going to fine a player for defenseless recievers and helmet to helmet ?
    ——————————————-
    No, you don’t understand, Steeler-hater Collinsworth said it was “NOT a helmet to helmet” hit. So the NFL will overlook this obvious launch, lead with the helmet, helmet-to-helmet collision that left both players stunned and lying in the end zone. This only demonstrates how much all this anti-Steeler BS is being fed to the sheep by the game announcers and studio talking heads. Don’t believe your eyes, just believe Collinsworth when he says there was no helmet to helmet contact.

  25. Deb says: Nov 4, 2010 11:27 PM

    @meatball13 …
    Okay … that was funny! Where is Vox anyway?
    @Bradwins …
    Oh pooh, you and meatball just don’t like the Steelers. That’s fine. But do you really think I want to see players incapacitated?
    The Massaquoi hit was a bad hit. No problem with Harrison being fined. The Brees hit was a late hit. No problem with Harrison being flagged. But the still photos show it was legal. Now they’re fining legal hits??? When they do that, it confuses players and they protest. It looks they’re targeting Harrison. Personally, I think Goodell is targeting Tomlin for calling them out. But it’s still low.
    And you guys are crazy if you don’t think Goodell would do it to your team. Just like Florio would take that unfair shot at your team if he thought it would get him more page clicks. Remember that when you’re on the receiving end of some of this stuff. Favre fans were running their mouths like nobody’s business on our threads this summer … then along came Sterger. This crap can happen to ANY team.

  26. Bubby Brister says: Nov 4, 2010 11:29 PM

    “This only demonstrates how much all this anti-Steeler BS is being fed to the sheep by the game announcers and studio talking heads. Don’t believe your eyes, just believe Collinsworth when he says there was no helmet to helmet contact”
    Because we all know how much Collinsworth loves the Steelers.

  27. Phoffman33 says: Nov 5, 2010 2:45 AM

    steeltownpride says:
    November 4, 2010 7:22 PM
    http://www .youtube.com/watch?v =lJSQ10afpvQ Can we be atleast consistant if your going to fine a player for defenseless recievers and helmet to helmet ? Thats all i ask for . But i guess the flags for that are reserved for Steelers defensive players only . Not the offensive ones
    That hit was clean, plus if ward wants to deal blind side hits on defenseless people he should be ready to take them

  28. Wallbangers says: Nov 5, 2010 4:55 AM

    hey…..all you “tough guys”…if your so fck’n tough, so bad-ass…. so confident that’s what fans want to see and witness….go start your own fck’n league…. I dare you !….don’t have any fck’n rules… paralyze the opponent…kill the receiver if you can… a “no holds barred” atmosphere and rules…lets just see how many intelligent, talented quarterbacks and receivers are willing to join your league….those 2 positions would become extinct….what then?… what are you going to do for excitement ?….. run the ball every down ?….revert back to ancient Roman gladiator ways maybe ?…throw some real lions on the field ?…don’t be so savage…we are an intelligent nation…. keep the game civilized…there is enough violence in the game to keep us all very interested without all the dangerous, intententional, un-called-for ( and in my opinion) unfair hits…if you think the only exciting way to beat your opponent in football is to maim him, then I consider you a coward and untalented enough to beat him with your athleticsm.. which is what the game is all about.

  29. LebronJeremy says: Nov 5, 2010 6:12 AM

    I don’t think the Steelers are so anti-player safety…I just think they recognize that the NFL truly doesn’t care.
    James Harrison will get fined for late hits, but Roethlisberger gets hit late 3 or 4 times a game. James Harrison gets fined for hitting a player high, yet in that same game, Reothlisberger is checked 4 steps after he released the ball and he is hit high.
    Hines Ward takes and illegal hit (whether it was helmet to helmet or not is irrelevant because the defender led with his helmet and launched) and he was flagged for a bs pass interference.
    Helmet to helmet hits happen about 20 times a game. If the NFL was concerned about player safety, they would outlaw helmet to helmet all together, they wouldn’t be trying to expand the season, and the would properly apply the rules far all players, and not just the players that James Harrison tackles.
    Mike, you’re a cheer leader and you don’t give two craps about player safety. You’re part of the league media now so you can’t say anything critical of the NFL and it’s just god-awful reading your posts anymore because they never illuminate the glaring double standards or the bogus hypocrisy of the league on player safety.
    I’m fine with Harrison being fined. I’m not okay with other players getting away with the same fine-able offenses.

  30. David56 says: Nov 5, 2010 6:28 AM

    Tuck makes an excellent point in his own way.
    I mean what good is having an NFL career when 10 years after it ends you can’t remember much if anything about it?
    Talking about Steelers, just remember what happened to Hall of Famer Mike Webster. His family claimed that a lot of his NFL earnings later went down the tubes because of terrible business choices he made due to the numerous concussions he suffered during his long and storied career. He even turned at one point on his own family believing stories about them that were pure fantasy in his own mind. He was practically living on the street when the HOF went looking for him to inform him of his induction. I believe he was actually living out of a car when he finally was located.
    It was Terry Bradshaw and other former Steelers whom Webster had lost contact with that helped Mike get into a facility that could help him. He passed away shortly thereafter and was only in his early 50′s.
    A sad end for one of the all-time Steeler and NFL players.

  31. Tobias Jodter says: Nov 5, 2010 7:22 AM

    So then the argument becomes that illegal hits against the Steelers are OK because player safety concerns don’t apply to them. If you have a rep as a tough hitter it’s open season on you – forget the rules since your a hard hitter. Nice.

  32. Duck Fallas says: Nov 5, 2010 7:50 AM

    Bunch of sideline gladiators spouting off at the mouth in here. As an Eagles fan I hate Tuck, but I have to respect him for having a sense of whats right. There are plenty of big hits in football that aren’t dirty, but many players aren’t capable of landing one without crossing the line.

  33. contract says: Nov 5, 2010 7:57 AM

    “Whoever says there is no such thing as a defenseless receiver has never gone across the middle. Period.”
    ttommytom: What exactly do defenses do to force receivers to “go across the middle” and sprint through zone coverage?
    It’s the guys drawing up the plays that are placing the receivers at risk of kill shots, not the guys on defense.

  34. steelersmichele says: Nov 5, 2010 10:00 AM

    Most Steeler fans are arguing for the fairness of the fines and penalties. If you take a look at who he fines and the amount, there is really no rhyme or reason to his decisions.
    Harrision’s first fine is $5,000 fine, then his next fine is $75,000 because he is a repeat offender, then his most recent fine is $20,000. Does any of that make sense?
    Goodell said he was going to suspend players for helmet to helmet hits, yet this past week he only fined 2 players for doing just that–no suspensions.
    I can see why some fans are ganging up on Harrison and Steelers fans. They are laughing because it’s not their team and it’s not one of their players. They don’t care because it doesn’t affect their guy. But wait until it does–and then those same fans will be questioning what Goodell is doing.

  35. Deb says: Nov 5, 2010 12:48 PM

    @Phoffman33 …
    The hit on Ward was clean, but there was helmet-to-helmet contact. Guys have on huge shoulder pads that erase their necks. So it’s like a helmet sitting on top of shoulders. When they connect, their heads wobble and sometimes click.
    That’s EXACTLY what happened when Harrison hit Brees–incidental helmet contact, NOT a deliberate spearing. I have NO problem with Harrison getting fined for the hit on Massaquoi because it was a bad hit. I have NO problem with him getting flagged for a late hit on Brees. But the still photos show his hit on Brees was no more deliberate helmet-to-helmet contact than those defenders hitting Ward.
    So why has the commissioner gone on a vendetta against one guy when the photo shows he DID NOT spear anyone???
    Try taking off your Steeler hate and look at the photo … because you’re nuts if you believe Goodell and Florio would never go on a vendetta against your team. Right now it’s the Steelers–and it’s easy because there’s a lot of Steeler hate out there. Next time, it could be New Orleans, the Giants, anyone.

  36. Mike Daly says: Nov 5, 2010 1:58 PM

    JimmyY – the Stingley hit was not on a defenseless receiver, it was a hit by a player (Jack Tatum) looking to cripple him, like a hit he’d done eight years earlier to Stingley in college.
    GBFanForever – facts are facts and calling me names isn’t a substitute for facts.
    tdprog1 – I notice you don’t try to actually refute the two points – maybe because you can’t. There is no such thing as a defenseless receiver, and Tuck is making the same mistake you and everyone else are making – selling short the toughness of these players.

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