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Horse Collar Tackle

What is Horse Collar Tackle?

A type of football tackle where the tackling player grabs the opening of the jersey and/or shoulder pads on a player's back and pulls them to the ground.  As a result of several high profile injuries from this maneuver, in 2005 the NFL started penalizing this type of tackle with a 15 yard personal foul penalty.

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This penalty is sometimes referred to as the "Roy Williams Rule" because he was notorious for horse collar tackles, in 2004 he inflicted four serious injuries from this type of take down.  High profile injuries from horse collar tackles have included Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb.

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