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Helmet to Helmet Penalty in Football




What is a Helmet to Helmet Penalty?

The Helmet to Helmet penalty is a safety measure that both the NFL and College Football have put into place. In College Football you will hear this referred to as "Targeting". The penalty will be called when one player rams into another player with their helmet.


Number of Yards

There is a 15 yard penalty in both the NFL and College Football. If the defense commits the penalty, the offense will be awarded an automatic first down. If the foul is deemed intentional, the player can also be ejected and/or fined.