March 6, 2012 Leave a comment
After news broke last week that New Orleans Saints assistant coach Greg Williams was in charge of a Bounty Program which had a Bounty Pool of up to $50,000 in it, people began putting The Saints off as not too “Saintly.” Many began calling them “dirty,” “cheaters,” “embarrassments,” to the game, and other things along those lines.
However, I disagree with all of them. Personally, these bounties that were put out against quarterback’s Brett Favre and Kurt Warner (Which are just rumors) are a good thing. Now people would say do you honestly think that hurting another player or knocking him out of the game for money is a good thing? And my answer would be yes, that’s the NFL.
And I bet you that at least a handful of those people that are outraging against the Saints and saying “how dare they!” are the same people that sat in those stands or sat at home and cheered as Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin laid there on the field helplessly.
Irvin called it a “Bounty Bowl” when they played the Eagles, but did anyone put a stop to that? No, they didn’t and everyone continued on as if nothing happened because it’s football.
So let me ask you a question, do you honestly think that Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus didn’t want to hurt anyone? What about Detroit Lions corner-back, Dick “Night Train” Lane? Or four time Super Bowl Champion linebacker, Bill Romanowski? The answer was yes, they didn’t care.
“I felt I could take myself to a place where other guys weren’t willing to go because come Sunday after a game, I already started hating the next opponent. I started hating the guy I was going to go against,” says Romanowski. “I hated the coaches. I hated their fans. I hated their family. You name it. And by the time I got onto that field come Sunday, watch out because there was rage.”
Romanowski was known as the NFL’s “hit man” as every tackle that he made he was going for a knockout.
You heard him he hated his opponent and in a game of hard hitting and a ton of contact can you really blame him? So players are putting out bounties on players, so what. I can guarantee you that if you went in a locker room with Butkus, Lane, Romanowski, or anyone of the great defensive players to play in the NFL that they would be doing the same thing. The only difference is they wouldn’t do it for money; they would do it because they wanted too.
And that’s the only real concern that I have with this bounty system is, is that players should not have to be bribed by money to go out and hurt someone, knock someone out, or tackle them, they should just want to do it.
With that being said, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell don’t suspend or fine these players and coaches for wanting to play the game of football. Suspend or fine them for cheating the game of football and what I mean by cheating, is the extra money that they put on the table to hurt or knockout the opposing players also known as football.