Originally written on The Awesome Boston  |  Last updated 1/23/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ESPN.com: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 by the NFL for making contact with Ravens safety Ed Reed on a slide late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, according to a league source. During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end an impromptu run. The quarterback had one leg raised a few feet off the ground and it hit Reed, who emerged from the play without injury. A.B. According to Forbes the $10,000 fine equals .013% of Brady & Giselle’s 2011-12 combined earnings. It’s also the equivalent of fining the average American who makes $40,000/year a total of $5.20. So while football pundits will say the fine was meant more as a statement by the league than anything else – what’s the point of fining someone the equivalent of a Big Mac combo meal?
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