Dallas Cowboys: Did the '90s 'Boys Have a Bounty Program?
Darren Woodson was on ESPN’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd to talk about the ‘90s Cowboys and if they too had bounties on defense.
Woodson explained that players individually fined other players for certain actions during the week. For example, if a player was late to a meeting or fell asleep during a meeting, he’d have to put money into a “pot” which could be anywhere from $10 to $100.
At the end of the week, the pot would go to the player who made big hits, forced a key fumble or interception, etc.
“It was NEVER a bounty!” Woodson exclaimed on the popular radio show.
Woodson explained his definition of a bounty as one player seeking out another with the intent to hurt him physically. He was adamant that the Cowboys never had such a program and was simply rewarding players for big plays.
“We never ever came close to a bounty. It was all about making a big play and receiving that at the end of the week.”
“My glory is interception, intimidation, and big hits.”
Woodson is the Cowboys’ all-time leading tackler and has been recognized as one of the leaders during the glory years of America’s Team. To hear him vehemently deny that the ‘Boys had any type of reward for injuring players brings a slight calm to their fans.
Earlier, we found out that former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs knew nothing of the bounties that were going on when Gregg Williams was their defensive coach. So it seems that both teams are in the clear…for now.
Rob Brown is a contributor for Bleacher Report as well as CowboysVsRedskins.com
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