Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been fined, but it wasn’t for his hit that likely ended Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ season.
Barr was fined slightly more than $9,000 for the 15-yard penalty that he received for head butting Packers wide receiver DaVante Adams, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson.
In the days following the hit, Barr has been adamant that he is not a dirty player, and that he was not trying to injure Rodgers.
The play has a certain perception for a couple of reasons. For one, a great deal of contact has been legislated out of football, so what once looked like a good hard football play, can now be perceived as crossing a line.
Also, Barr knocked out one of the marquee players in the NFL. There is not a list of top NFL players that can be made that doesn’t include Rodgers. He is a quarterback who makes plays that few, if any, others are capable of making, and he makes those plays on one of the most popular teams in the league.
Add in the State Farm commercials and game-show appearances, Rodgers is one of the most recognizable faces in professional sports.
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