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Keenan McCardell
Wide Receiver

Keenan McCardell

A Pro-Bowl wide receiver who was drafted in 1991 out of UNLV.

Bounties Backfire


I've heard what's been going on with this whole Ravens and Steelers bounty thing and it sounds like hoax. All they are is a ploy to scare people. Everybody says there are bounties and this that and the other, but once you get out on the field it ends. In the locker you talk about stopping the best player on the team, but putting a price on his head isn't going to do it.

Somebody leaks something like that and it's for the media. If you try to take someone out, it takes you out of the game. A team's has to stop this player like a Tomlinson because if you can't he'll run all over you. Put a bounty on top of that and it could backfire, and make you over-focus.

That's why this Pittsburgh bounty doesn't make sense. Hines Ward is a pretty straight up guy, who never shies away from making contact. He doesn't take cheap shots. You have to come at him likes he comes at you. Hines plays the game like you're supposed to play it, from whistle to whistle -- in between the whistles, in between the lines he'll hit you with what he's got.

But I don't think Goodell needs to do anything to crack down on bounties. If you need to put a price on someone's head to get motivated then you are in the wrong sport. You're motivation should be getting the win on Sunday.

By Keenan McCardell  |  October 24, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Amen! Pride, and a substantial paycheck should be all the motivation you need. Bounties are for capturing criminals, not for playing a game..

Posted by: blbixler | October 25, 2008 1:43 PM

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