Former Dallas Cowboys’ fullback Daryl Johnston wasn’t altogether surprised by the details of “BountyGate” that emerged this week, but he does believe those Redskins and Saints defenses under Gregg Williams may have crossed a line if their intent was, indeed, to hurt opposing players.
Johnston’s teammate Darren Woodson said this week that the Cowboys’ defense had used a similar bounty system during the team’s Super Bowl runs of the early- to mid-90s, but that the pay-outs were based more on making big plays than hurting or taking out the opposition.
Further, Johnston said Wednesday at an event for Texas Senate hopeful/former ESPN analyst/helicopter dad Craig James, bounty systems really aren’t as uncommon in the NFL as the casual fan might like to believe.
"Every industry has its dark side, whether its athletics, finance," he said, per the Dallas Morning News. "There's going to be parts of it when people from the outside find out certain things, they're taken aback.
"The bounty system is one of those things in the NFL."
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