Sports | April 6, 2018 5:00 am

Cowboys Legend on New Targeting Rule: ‘No Way You Can Play Football like That’

Darren Woodson, the leading tackler in Dallas history, rips the NFL's new, helmet-lowering rule.

Darren Woodson #28 and Roy Williams #31 of the Dallas Cowboys tackle tight end Freddie Jones #85 of the Arizona Cardinals on the incomplete pass at Texas Stadium on October 5, 2003 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Darren Woodson #28 and Roy Williams #31 of the Dallas Cowboys tackle tight end Freddie Jones #85 of the Arizona Cardinals on the incomplete pass at Texas Stadium on October 5, 2003 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NFL’s new helmet-lowering rule is not a hit with Dallas Cowboys legend Darren Woodson.

Woodson, the leading tackler in Dallas history, was asked about the controversial new policy, which would penalize any player that lowers his head to make contact with an opponent, during a recent public appearance.

The former safety, who recorded 1,350 tackles during his 12 seasons in Dallas, ripped the rule for its vague wording and criticized the NFL’s desire to apply it to “any player anywhere on the field.”

“The rule could include a running back who is going through a hole and lowers his head,” Woodson said. “There is no way you can play football like that. That’s why I think they’re going to back this rule down a little bit and the wording is going to change a little bit because you can’t play a game in the National Football League without lowering your head.”

The NFL’s spring meetings kick off on May 21 in Atlanta, so it’s possible some clarification about the language of the rule and how officials would apply it will come then.