Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has become familiar and fluent in the NFL fining system. Last season he was fined $30,000 in the season opener for a hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. He followed that up with a $100,000 fine in Week 2. Later in the season he was suspended following a hit on Atlanta Falcons’ Roddy White, losing his game check of roughly $265,000. Then later in the season he received a $60,000 fine for yet another hit.
“I said this can’t be cool because every time I hit somebody I’m getting a fine,” Goldson said, via Yahoo! Sports. “At that point, I realized I have to figure something out.”
Apparently Goldson was tired of losing all that money and has decided to hire a tackling coach, Bobby Hosea, owner of Train ‘Em Up Academy.
“This is what got me my deal. This is what got me my name,” Goldson said. “This is how you make a name for yourself in this league. You set yourself apart by standing out. What I was doing was making a hit. Just playing hard and playing football the way it’s supposed to be played. I’m hearing fans and coaches coming up to me after the game and say, ‘I love the way you play, don’t change the way you play.’ This is after I’m being fined.
“They’re not being fair because it’s not their money they’re losing, but at the same time, they understand that it comes with the territory, what the safety position is all about, how you play the game. Now they’re trying to take that away from me. It’s the way I make my money. The way I feed my family. Just the player that I am.”
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