Dashon Goldson felt targeted by NFL due to playing style

Dashon Goldson’s bone-rattling hits and aggressive tendencies made him one of the league’s best safeties. But the flip-side to that is the sizable hole burned in his wallet.

In 2013, his first season with the Buccaneers, Goldson racked up nearly $500,000 in fines, the most notable coming on a helmet-to-helmet collision with former Saints running back Darren Sproles.

Goldson believes Big Brother had a bullseye on his back. (Say that five times fast.)

“I felt like I was being targeted a little bit, just based on the way I played,” Goldson told The Jim Rome Show. “It just came out of nowhere. When I was in San Francisco, I think I was hitting people harder and I wasn’t getting fined at all.”

After the hit on Sproles — which resulted in a one-game suspension that eventually was overturned — Saints quarterback Drew Brees blasted Goldson for having “no regard for the rules in the middle” and “going after guys’ heads.”

Those comments came off a tad hypocritical to Goldson.

“It was kind of shocking to me, coming from a guy whose team was doing like bounties and putting bounties on people’s heads,” Goldson said. “So it was kind of like, come on, Drew Brees are you serious?”

Goldson’s debt is paid, and he hopes to keep it that way. With the NFL’s emphasis on player safety, he knows he must change his ways.

For a couple of reasons.

“One, for the safety of our players and two, for the safety of our bank accounts,” he said.

This offseason, Goldson took a step in the right direction, hiring a coach to help learn proper (read: legal) tackling form. It remains to be seen, however, if old dogs can learn new tricks.

(Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times)

Zack Kelberman
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  • Jesse Smith

    The price you pay being a hard hitter.. he’s one of my favorite players, but in today’s NFL he will probably be a league leader for fines every year.