We don’t report every fine the NFL issues each week and we especially don’t dwell much on the ones for relatively lower amounts. But we’re going to make an exception this week because there was an exceptional situation in Sunday’s game between Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
It’s rare for a quarterback to be fined for anything (the NFL usually is protecting quarterbacks), but a late hit might be the rarest of fines for a quarterback. However, Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman reportedly has been fined $5,000 for his late hit on Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes in the final moments Sunday.
Grimes had intercepted a Freeman pass to end a Tampa Bay drive and secure victory for Atlanta. Freeman hit Grimes out of bounds and drew a 15-yard penalty. After the game, Grimes shrugged off the hit, saying he wasn’t hurt and Freeman simply got caught up in the heat of the moment.
Still it got me thinking and that led to a question I’ll pose to you: Which NFL quarterback would you least like to take a hit from?
I’m thinking Freeman, at 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, has to be near the top of the list just because of his size. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger also would be a candidate if you just go by size. Those guys are bigger than most linebackers. Anybody else out there I’m overlooking?
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