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Jamal Lewis played nine years in the NFL, most prominently for Baltimore (2000-06), winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens following his rookie season.
Lewis was a bruising back at 5-11, 245 pounds and his running style showed it. He ran for 296 yards in 2003 which, at the time, was an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game.
The Atlanta native appeared on the Ron and Ian Show Friday morning and discussed his thoughts on the new rule that RBs cannot lower their head into a defender when they are in the open-field. Lewis, who has admitted he suffered several concussions over the course of his time in Baltimore and Cleveland (2007-09) said he thought it was a good rule to have in place.
"I think it's good rule," Lewis said. "It's teaching running backs good technique and the right way to approach contact."
"I think it is the right way," Lewis added. "If someone argues that, 'Hey, you can use the crown of your helmet,' then obviously you're saying, 'Hey, I want to use bad technique,' and that's not good."
Lewis goes on to explain how the game will change due to the new rules and how his concussion situation affects him today.
To hear the full audio of Jamal Lewis' interview click below:
Shortly after Ron and Ian were finished speaking with Lewis, they had Captain Mike Anderson on to talk about today's fishing report when the host of Reel Animals told them he had former Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham on his boat. The two were listening to the show and Graham wanted to talk about Lewis' comments and the new rule changes as well.
Graham, also a bruising back, disagreed with Lewis that the rule change is good for running backs.
"I don't like it at all," Graham said. "For a guy like myself, I'm barely 5-9, so a lot of those guys were a lot taller than me. It would have been very hard for me to put my shoulder down and finish a run without putting my head in there."
Graham and Beckles spoke about coaches telling guys to get their head down on runs and Graham said putting your head down is not something you think about, you just do it as a running back.
Earnest Graham's comments, in their entirity, can be found below:
As long as the list of former players filing grievances against the NFL for concussions continues, so will the debate on how to alleviate head injuries, or at least reduce the number of occurences from happening.
To see the new NFL rules, CLICK HERE.