Originally written on SportsBlooded  |  Last updated 11/17/14

NFL players are inherently tougher than the majority of normal people. They take and give beatings every day that they step onto the football field and fans love it. Fans love the big hits, the crushing blows and the brute force that these players use on each other. It should come to no one’s surprise that players enjoyed delivering these crushing blows just as much as fans like to see them.

Word out of New Orleans is that former defensive coordinator Greg Wiliams helped administrate a bounty system for his players, where Saints defenders would be compensated for hurting and taking their opponents out of games. According the the NFL investigation, between 22 to 27 of the Saints defenders were involved in the team’s bounty program. The NFL is also looking into Williams’ time as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator to see if anything similar was happening in his time with the Skins.

Through the work of NFL Films, HBO Sports and other media companies who cover the NFL, we are able to get a real picture of what happens on the sidelines and in the locker room. This bounty system is one of the things that teams and players around the NFL keep close to the vest and don’t let out.  Since the report surfaced, numerous former players have come out letting the public know that bounty systems are actually fairly normal in the NFL.

ESPN used a panel of former players-Tedy Bruschi, Marcellus Wiley, Mike Golic, Darren Woodson, Steve Young and Herm Edwards to break down the Saints bounty situation. Check it out below:

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