My reaction to the Saints “BountyGate” scandal has been pretty measured, considering the venomous reaction from most Vikings fan, and I recently penned that I was merely glad it wasn’t the Vikings being accused of such heinous actions.

As it turns out, a former defensive lineman of the Vikings remembers a time in which he was instructed to hit opposing quarterbacks in such a way that they leave the game prematurely.

“If you pull on their arm and land on their shoulder, you can dislocate (the shoulder),” said Brad Culpepper.  “And then they’re out. We used to practice that, too.”

Culpepper played for the Vikings the two years prior to the 1994 season in which the team was constantly under fire from those around the league for their reputation as one of the dirtiest defensive lines in the NFL.

Defensive Line Coach John Teerlinck, Defensive Coordinator Tony Dungy, and Head Coach Dennis Green were all at the center of the controversy.

“We practiced techniques to injure players,” said Culpepper.

This is pretty damning evidence to support the notion that the Vikings of the mid-nineties were not the cleanest of football players.  There will be denials and there have been no accusations of bounties specically, and this is sure to be in the rear-view mirror soon enough, but it goes to further illustrate the point that the New Orleans Saints were simply caught playing dirty in a modern era that will not tolerate such actions.

As for Culpepper, he has now had his fun, and it seems likely that he’ll just go back to doing whatever it was he doing before feeling the need to get some random attention on an Orlando radio station.

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  1. To most Viking fans, and other fans of the NFL, this not an unknown concept. It crosses into the the criminal realm where there is money offered, by coaches, players and the front office to injure players of the opposing team. Up to this time, no evidence of this has happened that this is the case for the Vikings or the other 30 NFL teams, (excluding the Saints).

    This being said, it would not at all surprise me if the Saints become the sacrificial lamb absorbing suspensions and penalties in the NFL’s attempt to preserve it’s image.

    It’s getting increasing tough for the image makers in the NFL’s advertising division to market a brand where there are too many Antonio Cromarties and Pac Man Jones and not enough Tim Tebows. Remember, it doesn’t matter if the player is good on the field, all that matters is if he can sell the product that is the NFL.

    Sad

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