The 211 reported fines totaled $3,005,085. Plenty of charitable donations. Where does it go? The official NFL communciations department states:
“All on field fine money collected by the NFL is used for charitable purposes. These funds have been used to support retired player programs, including the NFL Player Care Foundation and NFLPA Players Assistance Trust; disaster relief initiatives; and health-related charities.”
Most Fined Players
Dashon Goldson has been fined 7 times in his 7 year career, 3 of which came in 2013. His $100,000 fine for a helmet to helmet hit against Darren Sproles (RB, NO) was tied for the largest this season with the #2 ranked player on this list, Lions DT Ndamukong Suh. Suh has also been fined 7 times – in just 4 NFL seasons.
|Player||#||Total Cost||% of 2013 Pay|
|Dashon Goldson (S, TB)||3||$190,000||4.22|
|Ndamukong Suh (DT, DET)||3||$139,375||1.13|
|Bernard Pollard (S, TEN)||3||$67,750||3.8|
|William Moore (S, ATL)||3||$53,550||.51|
|Vontaze Burfict (LB, CIN)||3||$52,000||10.83|
|Clay Matthews (LB, GB)||3||$46,500||.21|
Types of Fines
Roughing the passer fines nearly doubled any other category in the regular season, a testament to the league cracking down on quarterback safety. The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions were both tagged 4 times for roughing the passer fines this season.
While the hit to a defenseless receiver brought in nearly $500,000 in fines thus far. Players leading with the crown of their helmets, one of the new rules for 2013, accrued just 4 fines in 2013, good for 10th in total money ($78,750).
|Fine Type||#||Total Cost|
|Roughing the Passer||48||$710,250|
|Hit on a Defenseless Player||26||$491,050|
|Horse Collar Tackle||10||$146,000|
|Physical Contact w/ Official||4||$95,375|
|Crown of Helmet||4||$78,750|
Fines by Position
They’ve been labeled the nastiest players in the league year in and out, so it should be no surprise that safeties lead by a wide margin in terms of dollars fined in 2013. Of the 38 fines, 10 were hits to a defenseless player, 8 were helmet-to-helmet hits, and 6 were for roughing the passer.
Defensive Linemen accounted for 53 fines, totalling over $730,000 this season. 45% of those fines came to the tune of roughing the passer. Late hits accounted for another 15%.
A bit more surprisingly, wide receivers were fined 18 times this season in a variety of fashions. Five of the fines were tied to excessive facemasks, while many others including some form of taunting, celebration, or unsportsmanlike conduct. The somewhat high total cost is largely in part to Bears WR Brandon Marshall’s $25,500 in fines for wearing unauthorized cleats in two different games this season.
Fines by Team
The Lions are the far and away “winners” in terms of number of and total fines, including 5 late hits and 4 roughing the passers. The Buccaneers had is sues in terms of a reckless defense, totaling 3 hits on defenseless receivers, 2 helmet to helmet hits, and 2 roughing the passer fines. The St. Louis Rams accrued 10 fines this regular season, but for a total of just $86,625
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||$281,875|
|New York Jets||9||$142,625|
|Green Bay Packers||7||$120,000|
|San Francisco 49ers||8||$96,750|
|New England Patriots||8||$87,625|
|St. Louis Rams||10||$86,625|
|New Orleans Saints||8||$73,000|
|New York Giants||4||$47,160|
|San Diego Chargers||1||$7,875|
|Kansas City Chiefs||0||$0|