The first world is where hard-hitting safeties were once feared, adorned, respected, and welcomed in the NFL. A world created and cultivated by Ken Houston, Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, Brian Dawkins, Leroy Butler and John Lynch. When those superstars delivered punishing hits to opposing players, they were cheered like gladiators. Goldson was following in their legendary footsteps. However, that world is being eliminated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL is not interested in seeing their players obtain head injuries. Getting sued for millions by former players who sustained concussions is one major factor that has led to rules changes. Seeing several former players contract chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), such as Junior Seau, is troublesome for the NFL, even if there is not a direct medical link between blows to the head and the ailment. Goldson’s worlds collided in 2013. He faced a one-game suspension for a hit against New Orleans running back Darren Sproles, which would have cost him a game check worth $264,705. The suspension was overturned, but Goldson was still fined $100,000, tied for the largest non-suspension on-the-field fine in league history. As result, Goldson plans to work with tackling guru Bobby Hosea, owner of Train ‘Em Up Academy, this offseason in hopes of adjusting to the new world of player safety. "I said this can’t be cool because every time I hit somebody I’m getting a fine," Goldson said. "At that point, I realized I have to figure something out."
Bucs safety Dashon Goldson hires tackling coach after nearly $500K in fines last season
Yahoo! Sports | Mar 20