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Larry Fitzgerald fined $23,152 for illegal blindside block


Saturday night was memorable for Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. There was one moment that, financially, he definitely won’t forget.

Per multiple reports, the NFL has fined Fitzgerald $23,152 for an illegal blindside block. Flagged for the maneuver during the game, it happened after a third-quarter first-and-goal from the Green Bay seven, on a three-yard run by receiver John Brown. Fitzgerald applied a shoulder to the head of safety Morgan Burnett.

The penalty moved the ball to the 20, and the drive resulted in a field goal, cutting Green Bay’s lead from 13-7 to 13-10.

Fitzgerald has the right to appeal the fine, and he probably should. Although there was contact to Burnett’s head, it didn’t look nearly as egregious as the illegal hit applied by Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, for which he also was fined $23,152.

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53 Responses to “Larry Fitzgerald fined $23,152 for illegal blindside block”
  1. starman2112 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:47 PM


  2. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 22, 2016 6:49 PM

    These kinda hits are not that dangerous.

    But people used to say Hines Ward was a great blocker, when in fact he just hunted for cheap shots. He sucked at run blocking.

    Devery Henderson for the Saints was a truly incredible run blocking receiver. His upperbody was absolutely ripped and he drove corners to the sideline every time

  3. skooter519 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:52 PM

    That’s fair since Danny Amendola got the same fine. Neither one of them is a dirty player.

  4. aljack88 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:52 PM

    Treated the same as Amendola? Totally shocked.

  5. brandonj21 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:53 PM

    If I was the owner I’d pay the fine. It’s Fitz. He gets a pass every now and again.

  6. rohinaz says: Jan 22, 2016 7:01 PM

    Shouldn’t have even been a penatly. They hit face to face, there was no “blindside” that was one of two tds taken off the board by the refs. They tried to help the Packers but it still wasn’t enough

  7. piratefreedom says: Jan 22, 2016 7:05 PM

    It’s unfair that he was also fined for Amendola’s hit

  8. pats777 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:07 PM

    Considering the players get paid something like $25k for divisional playoff games and also factoring in taxes, Fitz actually paid his way to be the hero last Sunday. Meanwhile, based on ratings, the league’s billionaires made hundreds of millions last weekend. Sumptin’ ain’t right.

  9. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 22, 2016 7:07 PM

    I love big hits. It is why I watch football. Sadly their time has come and gone. Players looking to keep their wallets should just avoid hitting hard if they can. Fitz had all the time in the world to make this block for instance. Burnett was no were near making the play. Fitz could have had the same effect by just getting in Burnett’s way. He didn’t really even have to hit him. Don’t get me wrong I want players to hit each other and I really do not care about their well being. I am just pointing out that if Fitz wanted that extra 23,000 dollars he could have kept it easily. Then again maybe he doesn’t care about $23,000.

  10. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 22, 2016 7:08 PM

    “Although there was contact to Burnett’s head, it didn’t look nearly as egregious as the illegal hit applied by Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, for which he also was fined $23,152.”

    That’s the fine for a first time offense yet neither used the crown of the helmet, appeared to be intentionally targeting the head or were repeat offenders regardless of how they ‘looked’. We used to call that football. I am not advocating those types of shots but football happens and intent should come into play. This smacks of keeping up appearances.

  11. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 22, 2016 7:09 PM

    rohinaz says:
    Jan 22, 2016 7:01 PM
    Shouldn’t have even been a penatly. They hit face to face, there was no “blindside” that was one of two tds taken off the board by the refs. They tried to help the Packers but it still wasn’t enough
    Dumb. Obvious penalty as Fitz was moving towards his own end zone. As the rule is written it was an obvious penalty.

  12. denham48 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:09 PM

    I keep wondering how a lowered shoulder can hit a head unless the offended player has lowered his head to shoulder level..or he’s just really short. These players lower their head into that area, of course their going to get hit in the head.

  13. heyguru69 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:11 PM

    I can understand the initial $23,100. But that last $52 bucks — MAN! Talk about piling on.

  14. cardsfann1 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:13 PM

    The flag was ridiculous enough. To fine him is a complete travesty…

  15. leatherface2012 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:25 PM

    he would have been irate if it was 50 cents more

  16. poguemahonepft says: Jan 22, 2016 7:31 PM

    how on earth did they arrive at the $152? if that does not SCREAM unilateral decision making – what does?

  17. saraiders2016 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:34 PM


  18. professor30 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:34 PM

    Call it what you want but he speared the guy, it was a cheap shot no matter how you look at it.

  19. professor30 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:37 PM

    sorry talkin’ about the Amendola play, wrong article.

  20. johngaltwho says: Jan 22, 2016 7:38 PM

    It was an uncharacteristically blatant cheap shot by Fitzgerald. Nothing dangerous about it, looked like he was sending a message. Garden variety penalty, no reason for a fine after the fact.

  21. stellarperformance says: Jan 22, 2016 7:48 PM

    It was not only an obvious penalty, he did it on purpose. But I still hope the Cardinals win it all.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 22, 2016 7:58 PM

    Fines are all on a set schedule using percentages of the average, per game salary of all players or something like that (I can’t remember for sure at the moment).

    That way of setting the fines will undoubtedly spit out squirrelly numbers and it’s the ONLY way that fines could be any kind of “fair.” Unless you guys would rather have Goodell go back to just pulling numbers out of his… hat.

    Dumb penalty on many levels. It was the correct call by rule, but had little outcome on the play or little chance of hurting Burnett. But.. if that’s the rule, they have to call it on superstars and clean players just as they have to call it on nobodies and headhunters.

  23. seahawksbmx says: Jan 22, 2016 8:04 PM

    The punishment does not Fitz the crime.

  24. aljack88 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:07 PM

    I’ve always liked Fitz; a total complete class act. I and many others were thinking that time and injuries had put his best years behind him; but, this past season has been my favorite. I can’t think of a WR who so willingly goes into the trenches to block on running plays when most players at his age and credentials when have balked at being asked to; and then still put up very good WR stats for the season.
    In Fitz’s case, I kind of wished that his 2nd half and O.T. performance would have been in the SB – clearly no doubt who the MVP would have been and a fine “feather in his cap” to top off his career.

  25. jhtobias says: Jan 22, 2016 8:08 PM

    packer fan .. honestly great block nfl has become soft because the Vikings have been complaining about the refs for 40 years and how they cheat them out of victories !!

    Thanks queens for turning this beloved sport into a pillow fight

  26. scottbrowning2 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:09 PM

    I am glad both Fitz and Amendola are playing this weekend. Both hits probably merited a fine but all of the talk about suspensions were ridiculous.

  27. hairpie2 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:11 PM

    “Although there was contact to Burnett’s head, it didn’t look nearly as egregious as the illegal hit applied by Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, for which he also was fined $23,152.”


    That’s because the TV broadcast kept showing an angle that didn’t give perspective. The view from the other side showed Amendola led and connected with his shoulder to the players mid chest.

  28. dingusgenius says: Jan 22, 2016 8:11 PM

    Suspend him!

    Right, Pats-Troll nation?

    At least be consistent with your crying.


  29. golforepar says: Jan 22, 2016 8:33 PM

    rohinaz, Read the rules before talking non sense Son! Fitz launched (left the ground) and went helmet to helmet.

  30. bobsnygiants says: Jan 22, 2016 8:37 PM

    Troy Vincent must want Goodell to have a begged bonus.

  31. bobsnygiants says: Jan 22, 2016 8:39 PM

    Roger Goodell must want a bigger bonus.

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 22, 2016 9:00 PM

    Oh great, here come all the packer fans saying they should make a rule change for this. somehow a-rodg has to be involved or its just not fair.

  33. defscottyb says: Jan 22, 2016 9:21 PM

    Awful… play looked clean to me.

  34. fwippel says: Jan 22, 2016 9:32 PM

    After that 75 yard catch and run, I suspect his teammates would gladly pony up the dough, not that Fitz needs any help paying it.

  35. cinzano08 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:12 PM

    Amen doula didn’t hit the guy in his head. Look at the replay, it was his shoulder and the guy got up and walked away. Maybe a penalty but not a 23k fine.

  36. eagles1960 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:13 PM

    Nfl turning into a pansy league. Getting like flag football. C’mon man,

  37. pemory says: Jan 22, 2016 10:43 PM

    Cards fan here. Yes, it was a penalty, but essentially his entire game check (he earned $25K for that playoff game) for the hit? Steep penalty when you consider the many cheap shots that are let go during the course of the season.

  38. charger383 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:44 PM

    Goodell should be hit for 10% of every fine

  39. dexx57 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:20 PM

    Dirty cheater

  40. rmavs says: Jan 23, 2016 12:39 AM

    Really! As fans, we are going to lamb baste one of the greatest players ever to play for one block? Larry has been one of the most unsung heroes of the game we all love. He has given his all to the one team he’s played for. Love ya, Fitz, I hope you get yours.

  41. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 23, 2016 1:01 AM

    The league office is out of control when perennial “bad guys” like Danny Amendola and Larry Fitzgerald are drawing fines for plays where even the need for penalties is arguable.

  42. marvin1958 says: Jan 23, 2016 8:08 AM

    No way Fitzgerald would intentionally go for Burnett’s head. Not a chance. He’s not built that way.

    He did however hit Burnett’s head. Flag and fine. That’s the way she rolls boys.

    I certainly hope that Fitzgerald gets his ring this year — but for Fitzgerald…not the new wave of Cardinal fans that are populating sites and fan forums these days. Kind of reminds me of how the Seahawk fan base swelled after 2012. LMAO…

    Anyway, go Cards.

  43. sparky151 says: Jan 23, 2016 8:11 AM

    Players get reduced pay for playoff games. Stars sometimes take 95% cuts over their regular season per game rates. So fines should be reduced too. That fine is a good sized chunk of Fitzgerald’s pay as the winner and would be almost all of his pay for the game if the Cardinals had lost.

    The NFL will of course oppose reducing fines for violent conduct in playoff games (Hello Burfict), so the better solution would be to give players their regular season per game pay rates in addition to the small playoff checks. But that would cost the NFL a small amount of money so they are opposed. Bye weeks should be paid rather than unpaid vacation time for the teams which earned them.

  44. yooperman says: Jan 23, 2016 10:54 AM

    Considering NFL Player only get $25,000 for that game, it was almost a game day check. He ended up played that game for $1848. It’s no wonder the NFL wants to expand the playoffs.

  45. crindal3000 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:59 AM

    The player he “illegally hit” should get the money. In fact any time a player is fined for these penalties the money should go to the player that took the hit not the NFL.

  46. deltaoracle says: Jan 23, 2016 11:23 AM

    Fitzgerald is a good guy and I’m sure he had no malicious intent.
    Of course someone has to make the kneejerk (accent on jerk) comment that the refs were favoring the Packers.
    Green Bay – 8 penalties for 55 yards.
    Arizona – 3 penalties for 26 yards.
    And we won’t talk about the re-coin toss.
    I know the “Green Bay always gets help” myth will never die, no matter what the facts are,
    but when your team wins at least try to celebrate with a modicum of class.

  47. silverbackdk says: Jan 23, 2016 11:26 AM


    come on. Fitz does not do things like this on purpose. I remember af game vs. Seatle where i had the chance to blow up Richard Sherman – and he didn’t. Afterwards Sherman shook Larrys hand because he knew if it was somebody else he most likely would have been seriously injured.

    go cards!

  48. rhett16 says: Jan 23, 2016 11:40 AM

    I doubt Fitzgerald meant anything by the block, but the fact is he did hit the defender in the head. Rules are rules, thus the penalty and fine. Nobody thinks Fitz is a dirty player though.

    We also all know how this works, Larry writes a personal check to NFL Charities, and then finds an extra little bonus on his next paycheck from the Cardinals.

    Nothing to get worked up over here.

  49. stevedenetz says: Jan 23, 2016 11:57 AM

    packer fan here…. it was a penalty but not worthy of a fine…. if fitz makes the same sort of hit in a future game, then a fine

  50. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 23, 2016 12:23 PM

    I think anytime you report on a cheap shot or act of cheating, you can safely use the phrase , “not nearly as egregious as the [insert infraction] by Patriots’ [insert position and name]”

  51. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 23, 2016 1:35 PM

    The hypocrisy is remarkable. If Clay Matthews had done this, everyone would be calling him dirty and screaming for him to be suspended. Hilarious.

  52. ariani1985 says: Jan 23, 2016 2:24 PM

    Clay Matthews is a long haired sissy!

  53. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 23, 2016 7:27 PM

    “If Clay Matthews had done this, everyone would be calling him dirty and screaming for him to be suspended.”

    No way Matthews is anywhere near the action for this to happen.

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