Can You Tackle Below the Knees in NFL? Rule Explained 2023!

Updated on 
January 17, 2023

Welcome back to my next article about NFL! I have say, I'm starting to enjoy writing about American football and everything around it. It's a lot of fun!

Previously we discussed if it's allowed to slide tackle, and today I got asked another question.

Can you tackle below the knees in NFL?

Tackling below the knees is not allowed in the NFL. The league has rules in place that prohibit players from making contact with an opponent below the knees. The reason it is considered dangerous is because it increases the risk of serious leg injuries, such as knee ligament tears or broken bones.

The NFL has implemented this rule for player safety, to minimize the risk of injuries and keep the game as safe as possible for all players.

Quick summary

In summary, NFL players should keep their tackles above the knee.

After all, who wants to be known as the player who took out the opposing team's star quarterback with a twisted ankle?

Not to mention, it's not a good look for the team's reputation, let's keep it safe out there folks! 🙂

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