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Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons: "I Am Not a Dirty Player"

Robinson's hit on Jackson knocked both players out of the game with concussions.
Robinson's hit on Jackson knocked both players out of the game with concussions.Al Bello/Getty Images
Paul MuellerSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2010

The NFL fined Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson $50,000 for his hit on Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson that left both players concussed.

Many experts and analysts have defended Robinson’s hit as clean, as he did not launch himself at Jackson. Leading with his shoulder, he did not strike Jackson in the head.

Robinson was fined nonetheless.

"I am disappointed by the NFL's ruling,” said Robinson. “I recognize the goal is to protect all players from the Pee Wee level on up. However, this was a bang-bang hit situation where I did not lead with my helmet, and therefore I will appeal."

Both players left the game after the hit. It was one in a series of devastating hits that led the league to step in and levy hefty fines.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 for two hits on Sunday and New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was fined $50,000. Harrison will join Robinson in appealing, while Meriweather will not.

“I am not a dirty player,” said Robinson, “and have never been characterized as one."

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