Halberstadt: Pet peeve: NFL should take action on long hair

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Before I get to the main purpose of this column, I’d like to make a couple of points. First, I fully realize there are far more important issues in the world of professional sports currently. Second, I’ve always been a huge fan of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Troy Polamalu. So much so that when he was in his prime a few years ago, I said if there were one player I would select to start an NFL team with, I’d take him.

The problem is, if he were on my team, I’d make him cut his hair — or at least put it inside his helmet. I have a huge pet peeve with players whose locks extend so far out of their helmets that it is impossible to read the embroidered names on the backs of their jerseys.

I think the NFL should adopt a rule stating that a player must have all of his hair contained within his helmet. I really dislike the players who have so much hair hanging out of the back of their helmets that unless you have a roster, you have no idea who number XX because all you can see is his Samsonian locks.

Also, before anyone accuses me of having a racist slant concerning this issue, I’d like to eliminate that notion immediately. Plenty of players in the league would have to make some changes to their dos before taking the field if the league were ever to adopt my suggestion. In my book, it has absolutely nothing to do with the color of their skin, it’s strictly about the length of their hair.

In an effort to emphasize my point, what if a player had hair so long it covered his number? Would the league take action then? I’m suggesting they should avoid that trouble by being proactive and doing something before it does become a real problem.

With all of the other off-the-field issues the league is dealing with, I’m guessing they couldn’t care less about this, and perhaps I shouldn’t, either, but it annoys me when I can’t tell who a player is because all I can see is long, flowing locks of hair hanging over their shoulders and halfway down their backs.

The other option would be to have a player’s name sewn below his number instead of above it. Maybe that would be the better way to go about resolving my pet peeve. Either way, I really wish they’d do something.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

Posted Sept. 30, 2014

4 thoughts on “Halberstadt: Pet peeve: NFL should take action on long hair

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    There’s five minutes wasted reading that. Is this a junior college newspaper? Thanks for catering to this area’s 85 IQ mentality.

  • Oct 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Wow. The level of idiocy in this column has gone to new levels. Perhaps there’s a fourth-grader out there who could audition for sports columnist in the RRT. #fail

  • Oct 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Hey guys, cut Doug Halberstadt some slack. He is just trying mix up the topics he is covering.

    What would you like to read about? Let him know.

    I just searched for “top sports stories” and this article came in second:

    It is a ranking of the best sports movies by sports writers. “Hoosiers” came in first. While good, it isn’t the best sports movie. And “Bull Durham” made the top ten, can’t figure that out. “Caddyshack” makes the list but “The Longest Yard” (Burt Reynolds version” doesn’t make the list. What is up with that? While I am at it, where is “Remember the Titans” in that list?

    So professional sports writers had a slow day and made some questionable top ten choices as they too were simply to write about something other than sports scores.

    Personally, I’m not much of a sports analyst fan. All this supposing why a team won or lost. They lost because the other team scored more points/goals/runs. Rule changes, that interests me. In football I think you need to do more than break the plane to score a touchdown. You need to cross the goal line with the ball and hang on to it. To catch a ball fairly you need to come down in the field of play with two feet on the ground; I do not care if you get pushed out. And I would simply delete offensive pass interference from the rule book.

    As it is, someone is reading Doug’s article, as of this post it has 26 likes on Facebook and six Tweets.

  • Oct 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I came to this site to see if the sports articles were better then the other in town and I have learned one thing so far… This guy is stuck in a different time and era. I’m sorry you can’t read a players name on his jersey but does that take away from the quality of play? Most sports fans know who is play a certain position on there favorite team and need not read the name on the jersey. If you have to read the name on the jersey to know who the player is your probably not a true fan and just taking in a event because you got a free ticket or your tagging along at a event you know little about.

    Secondly, I know for a fact the writer is less then qualified to write about the NFL as he asks that players put there hair up in there helmet. In case as a sports writer you have missed the last 10 years and the growing concern for players safety especially with hits to the head. In order for a helmet to do its job to protect the head the padding needs to be snug to the head. Throwing a large amount of hair in the helmet loosening the helmet would be the worst thing you could do. I can go on and on about the safety concerns and the scientific/technical reasons this is poorly written. I don’t want to waste anymore of my time though,because It’s obvious that you are clueless.

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