I am curious. I understand that hair is considered to be part of the uniform and can be grabbed to help tackle a player with the ball. But the back collar of the uniform cannot be grabbed without getting a 15 yard “horse collar” penalty. If grabbing from behind at the collar is so dangerous they had to ban it, why isn’t grabbing the hair (which is nearly in the same place and, I would guess, would generate the same potential for injury) not also banned?
Maybe a little gel on the locks will deter the tacklers. I recall offensive linemen putting silicone on their jerseys to keep defensive linemen from gaining an advantage, and vice versa. Guess that isn’t legal. But no one says you can’t put a little something on your locks.
Hair like that sure seems like a lot of added drama and weight. Now I do recall my time during the 70’s and having some flowing locks streaming from my helmet. Also remember my coach’s pulling it very hard every chance they got just for kicks, until I finally cut some, but only some of it off.