INDIAN OLIS — Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese said there weren’t bounties on quarterbacks in his day due to the fact back in the 1970s, knockout attempts were so routine they didn’t merit additional payment.
“Everybody would attempt to get the quarterbacks out of the game back then,” Griese said. “They weren’t acquiring paid for it. They would just attempt to knock you out.”
The NFL lately punished the New Orleans Saints heavily for running a bounty system that paid players to injure opponents. Ahead of getting honored with a Thomas A. Brady, M.D., Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, Griese stated the notch in the belt for a tough hit was sufficient for defensive players.
“In today’s game, these defensive ends come about, if they’ve got a blind shot at you, they’re not going to try to hit you in the back and attempt to take you out of the game, they’re going to slap the ball out of your hand,” the Hall of Famer mentioned. “Back then, Deacon Jones was coming, Ben Davidson was coming, all those guys. They were saying ‘I got (Joe) Namath final week, I got Griese this week.”‘
Now, the former Purdue University quarterback says the game is safer.
“The game has evolved and the guidelines have changed,” he said. “It’s what people want. It’s due to the fact the guidelines have changed and they are protecting the quarterback. You don’t want your quarterback knocked out. You want him in there every single week, all season extended, so you’re not watching some third-string guy wishing you had Peyton Manning in there.”
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That undefeated season nevertheless brings back fond memories for Griese. The New England Patriots nearly went undefeated in the 2007 season. Griese remembers watching the New York Giants’ Super Bowl-winning touchdown drive that kept the Dolphins alone in the record books.
“When he (Plaxico Burress) caught that touchdown pass in the end zone, there was still some time left on the clock,” he mentioned. “I’m sitting at property, watching in my workplace, and telephone begins ringing, the e-mails begin coming in. I stated wait, there’s nonetheless 35, 40 seconds left.”
“I thought the Patriots would go unbeaten for confident,” Griese added. “But now, I’m a large Giants fan from now on.”
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