Sanders: Our bounties were candy bars

March 28, 2012

With bounties being one of the most talked-about sports topic this month, it makes sense that former players are being asked if that type of payment for inflicting injury took place when they were in the NFL.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders, who wasn't known for delivering solid hits much less dangerous blows, was asked that question Tuesday.  

While Sanders said there were awards for big hits, team-sanctioned bounties on opposing players did not exist.  
"Let me tell you how stupid and ludicrous this is. You have guys making millions of dollars, and you're talking about them getting a thousand dollars to knock someone out," Sanders explained on radio station KTCK-AM in Dallas. "That's how stupid this is.

"It's really just an incentive for guys on special teams. I remember those days, 'Guys on special teams knock this guy out.' We used to call it big lick, and the guys used to get a huge candy bar. They used to get it for the big lick.  

"Then, you had a pot that guys would put in a helmet. Biggest hit, hardest hit, knockouts, you get the pot, but there was no one coach that said, 'We're going to put a bounty on Cam Newton.' No, we never did that. It never escalated that far, but there were awards for big hits."


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