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What Say You now, Mr. Goodell?

In 2011, Steelers Lineback James Harrison was suspended 1 game (without pay) for a violation of League rules regarding H2H (helmet to helmet) hits on protected players, specifically Browns' quarterback Colt McCoy.

The NFL cited Harrison's history of dangerous hits, especially on quarterbacks, as its justification for the first-ever suspension of a player for violation of its limited H2H protection rules.

Given the severity of Harrison's punishment, what say you Mr. Goodell in regards to reports that the New Orleans Saints had a team sanctioned policy of paying players to injure opposing players, specifically their quarterbacks?

If one player can receive repeated monetary fines and a suspension (the $73,529 game check he lost due to the suspension, and fines totaling $125,000 in 2010) for his style of play, what is the going rate Mr. Commissioner, for a team sanctioned bounty program on opposing players; a bounty that was reportedly run by the Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams, with the knowledge (and apparently the tacit approval) of the Head Coach, Sean Payton? A bounty program that had a convicted felon and friend of the Head Coach, a former marketing agent for that team's star running back, contributing money into the "bounty pool'?

If you, Mr. Goodell, can take such a strong stance on the importance of a player modifying his behavior, going so far as to saying: "...but our rules apply to all 2000 players, all 32 teams..." how are you going to enforce your rules when an entire team disregards the League's oft stated "concern over player safety"?

Steeler Nation is waiting, Mr. Goodell, for you to prove once and for all you and the league are genuinely concerned for the health and safety of the players, and the integrity of the game itself and we are waiting to see you hand down a commensurate level of punishment to the New Orleans Saints organization, its coaches, and any and all players who participated in this flagrant, wide-spread disregard for sportsmanship and the NFL rules.

What Say you now, Mr. Commissioner?

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