Houston Texans: Andre Johnson Takes One for the Team

Mike MuellerContributor IINovember 30, 2010

Andre Johnson was fined $25,000 for fighting with Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan
Andre Johnson was fined $25,000 for fighting with Tennessee's Cortland FinneganBob Levey/Getty Images

Houston’s Andre Johnson is an official bad ass.

The Texans’ star receiver got slapped with a $25,000 fine on Monday for taking it to the face of Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan.

It’s a small price to pay for a pro bowler who apparently had enough of the cornerback’s antics.

Finnegan messed with the wrong hombre on Sunday after he jabbed at Johnson’s face and neck during a play in the fourth quarter. That led to an absolute beat down by Johnson as he ripped off Finnegan’s helmet and dropped haymaker after haymaker on Finny’s dome before the two were ejected.

In a word: awesome.

Johnson did what practically every NFL player had been dreaming of—lighting up Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan, who was also fined $25,000 by the NFL, is notorious for his dirty play. He was fined in three consecutive games earlier this season for personal fouls and definitely got what was coming to him.

These two have a history together, especially due to playing in the AFC South division. Last year, the relatively quiet Johnson was fined $7,500 for taking Finny to the ground by his facemask. He didn’t even need the helmet this time and most people are applauding his efforts.

There is only so much a person can take and Johnson definitely reached his boiling point.  Finnegan’s tactics are bush league and, at times, can be a threat to a player’s safety. Johnson should be commended for popping a bully right in the mouth.

Finnegan messed with the bull and got the horns.  He’ll get embarrassed every time that fight highlight airs and worse for him, he had little impact on Johnson’s game.

Johnson caught nine passes and scored a touchdown in the Texans 20-0 win over the Titans and that kept Houston (5-6) just a game out of first place in the AFC South. More importantly, he avoided a suspension for Thursday night’s big game in Philadelphia.

Johnson may walk away from this fight $25,000 lighter but he gained a ton of respect with players and fans around the league. He stood up for himself, took responsibility for his actions after the game and sent a message to future opponents.

Don’t mess with Texas.