Retired NFL safety Coy Wire says he was part of a small group of Buffalo Bills players who pooled money and rewarded themselves for hurting opponents during his rookie season in 2002.
Though the Bills were coached by Gregg Williams then, Wire told The Associated Press on Thursday the ''pay-for-play pool'' was solely player-driven. Wire says he was wrong and crossed the line.
In a story published by The Buffalo News last Sunday, Wire said there was an environment of ''malicious intent'' in place when he arrived, and players were commended and encouraged for making a big hit that hurt an opponent.
Still, Wire tells the AP, financial compensation for big hits came only through the players.
Williams ran a bounty system while he was defensive coordinator for the Saints.