With the NFL microscope shifting, temporarily at least, from Peyton Manning to the New Orleans Saints and their bounty system that was uncovered last week, many people are questioning how prevalent the practice is, and has been in the past, in the NFL.
Though he says they never used the word "bounty", former Dallas Cowboys safety and likely future Hall of Famer Darren Woodson said the 1990s Cowboys that won three Super Bowls had a similar system in place within the team's secondary players.
There was also no maliciious intent or pay to injure opponents, Woodson said, which has been found to be the case in New Orleans. But the Cowboys still had their internal incentives.
"That's how we went about our business,'' Woodson told The Dallas Morning News. "As defensive backs we would bet or get money for interceptions, big hits, sacks or hits that caused fumbles.
"It was never a situation where we had malicious thoughts of wanting to seriously hurt someone. But hey, we wanted to knock people's teeth out. We wanted to hit people as hard as we could and seperate them from the ball. That is how we were raised to play the game. That was our job.''
Apparently, James Washington and his sweet doo-rag was the ringleader of the arrangement, which would vary in price every week just depending on how much cash the players were willing to put in.
"It might have been $800. It might have been $500," Woodson said. "It was whatever the guys put in that week. But when you're making $4 million a year it's not about the money, it's about being recognized for it by your teammates."
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