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It is illegal to attempt to tackle a ballcarrier by grabbing any part of the helmet. Prior to 2008, an unintentional or "incidental" grab was a 5 yard penalty, and an intentional grab with twisting or pulling was a personal foul 15 yard penalty. As of 2008, all helmet grabs are penalized 15 yards. This penalty is called a facemask.

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