Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/12/12

Over the years, there have been a lot of stories coming out about players wasting money. Whether it's Dez Bryant and his exorbitant jewelry bills, or Adam "Pacman" Jones raining down 100 dollar bills at strip clubs, the stories are mind-boggling. Especially to the rest of us who spend our days working hard to earn a mere fraction of the paycheck that professional athletes get.

$16k for 4 points? DEAL!

In recent years, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has become another source for which players to give their money to. NFL fines have gone through the roof the past few years, with milions of dollars being "donated" to the league. There have been fines for celebrations, for tweeting, for hard hits, for legal hits, and for just about anything else you can think of.

Roger Goodell is up to his old tricks, and week 1 of the NFL saw a Cowboys player being fined. But, unlike most fines, this one is a cause for celebration among Cowboys nation.

Tyron Smith was fined nearly $15,750 dollars for his horse-collar tackle on Michael Boley in the 2nd Quarter of this past Wednesday's game. It is likely the best $16k Smith will ever spend. The tackle made by Smith saved a touchdown, and the Cowboys defense was able to make a stand at the goal line and hold the Giants to a field goal. The play seemed to set the tone for the entire team, and it was not lost on Head Coach Jason Garrett:

"It was a really big play in the game,” Garrett said after the game. On Monday, Garrett also said "It's a difference-making play in the ball game, to force an offense to say, 'OK, you don't have a touchdown; you've got to score from the 2-yard line."

Great job Tyron. We loved the hustle on that play, even if you struggled all night with Jason Pierre-Paul. We here at Dallas Cowboys 101 have a bit of a solution for Tyron. Maybe Jerry, with the big release of his new product, 'Jerry Wipes', can help cover some of the fine. The expenses might be tight, but we think Jerry can find a way to swing it.

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