Year instituted: 2011
Life ain't easy in the NFL for a defensive player, and it continued to only get tougher in 2011 when the NFL put stricter punishments on defenders delivering flagrant hits during a game. Now, such an offense is likely to earn a player a suspension as opposed to just a mere fine. So what are defenders supposed to do? Violent collisions have been ingrained in the fabric of football for decades, and penalizing a player even further for doing something that's a clear byproduct of the game is completely excessive. This is football. A player is supposed to tackle. Sometimes, the tackling gets rough. There's no changing these facts.