As paydays go, they weren't bad. A thousand bucks if your guy is carted off the field, $500 extra for a clean knockout.
End someone's season or career? Priceless.
There was a lot to like about the New Orleans Saints offering up cash for big hits. The scheme made for tougher players and helped them on a stirring playoff run that ended with their hands wrapped around the NFL trophy in 2010.
Yes, it left Kurt Warner sprawled for several minutes on the turf in the playoffs two years ago, surer than ever that it was time to hang up his cleats. Brett Favre escaped with a good old fashioned beating, though one pass short of making the Super Bowl.
But, as Mike Tyson loves to say about his sport, football is a hurt business.
Way too much of a hurt business if you listen to former players who often end up sounding like former fighters. The courts are full of concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL and its teams, and former players such as Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett worry ...