Bears defensive end Julius Peppers drew a 15-yard penalty for delivering a brutal shot to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship Game. Now he’s drawn a fine as well.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Peppers was fined $10,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Rodgers.
Peppers, several Bears players and thousands of fans at Soldier Field expressed their displeasure when the flag was thrown, but it was clearly the right call.
Frankly, Peppers is lucky the fine wasn’t more: He put the crown of his helmet directly into Rodgers’ jaw. After a season in which the NFL made cracking down on shots to the head of defenseless players a top priority, a $10,000 fine for that kind of hit seems fairly light.