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One Of The Most Controversial Rules In College Football Is Coming To The NFL

Roger Goodell talking at a podium at the Super Bowl.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at the Super Bowl Winner and MVP press conference on February 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The National Football League has adopted a rule used in collegiate football.

Since the rule was introduced into college football in 2013, it has become one of the most-controversial penalties in all of sports.

Can you guess what we're talking about?

Yep, it's the targeting rule.

And now it's headed to the NFL.

The new rule stipulates "lowering the head to initiate contact" is now a foul. The rule carries a 15-yard penalty and the potential for a disqualification.

Will an offensive player, let's say a running back, be penalized for lowering his head to initiate contact with a defender?

It's an important question, and one defenses will be asking. In the college game, that is not part of the "targeting rule," and it likely won't be at the professional level either.

Playing defense is becoming more difficult every year. This likely won't calm the nerves of any defensive players entering the 2018 season.