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Matt Hasselbeck fined $15,750 for horse-collar tackle

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Defensive players frequently get fined for hits on quarterbacks, so it’s only fair that when a quarterback commits a personal foul against a defensive player, he gets fined, too.

That’s what happened to Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who on Sunday was flagged for a horse-collar tackle on Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden after Hayden scooped up a fumble and was running toward the end zone. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the NFL has fined Hasselbeck $15,750 for that horse-collar tackle.

A $15,750 fine for a horse-collar tackle is the normal punishment, and quarterbacks aren’t exempt from the rules, so this comes as no surprise. Hasselbeck made his tackle at the Titans’ 4-yard line, the penalty moved the ball up to the 2-yard line, and two plays later the Bears scored their final touchdown of the game to take a 51-12 lead.

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11 Responses to “Matt Hasselbeck fined $15,750 for horse-collar tackle”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 7, 2012 11:49 AM

    Every time I hear this guys name or see him I think about him saying “We want the ball, and we’re gonna score!”

  2. dabears212 says: Nov 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    It wasn’t really a horse collar because he dragged Hayden down by his jersey and not the pads. But I guess there’s no changing it now.

  3. woodsa22 says: Nov 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    Oh Heck YEAH… If i was Hasselbeck i would frame the receipt for that thing.

    When he’s old and showing his grandkids around the Man Cave it will be Epic.

    Matt “and here is my receipt for the horse collar”

    Kids “but grandad werent you a quarter…”

    Matt “Yes! Yes i was!” [BIG cheesey grin].

  4. ohiobears says: Nov 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Worth saving the record tying 9 defensive Tds? Too bad we will break it against schaub this Sunday.

  5. greymares says: Nov 7, 2012 12:16 PM

    that’s 1 more tackle than the Eagles secondary made this week

  6. smokinjoes91 says: Nov 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    He must have learned that move from starting safety Michael Griffin. Seems to be his go to tackle after he gets burnt deep down the field.

    Smart move to save the horse-collar for a cornerback and just roll over and play dead at the feet of Urlacher on that INT return

  7. mrcogburn says: Nov 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    Middle aged backup QBs can’t afford that kind of money.

  8. larryboodry says: Nov 7, 2012 2:28 PM

    Nowhere near as blatant as Stafford’s temper-tantrum takedown of DJ Moore last year, and no whining by Hasselbeck…Class guy.

  9. piemasteruk says: Nov 7, 2012 2:59 PM

    Only 15k? I bet some of the QBs with… shall we say slightly soft reputations would pay at least double that to have a horse-collar on their permanent record.

  10. mazblast says: Nov 7, 2012 4:40 PM

    mrcogburn says:

    Middle aged backup QBs can’t afford that kind of money.
    Considering that his father played HS football and basketball against my school and is my age, that “middle aged” crack makes me feel very, very old.

  11. gmsingh says: Nov 7, 2012 10:17 PM

    I’m surprised Peanut didn’t come over and force him to fumble the tackle.

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