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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Pollard wants replays on illegal hits

By Jamison Hensley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens safety Bernard Pollard wants the league to use replay to review helmet-to-helmet hits, so teams are penalized 15 yards only when the blows are illegal.

"They [replay] touchdowns, fumbles, turnovers, all this other stuff,'' said Pollard, who was penalized Sunday for his hit on Colts receiver Reggie Wayne. "They need to have somebody up there to say, 'No, the hit was legal, the guy tried to dodge him, but the [receiver] ducked his head.' We make a lot of money. I'm talking about the NFL. Why can't we do that?"

Pollard, who has been outspoken on these penalties over the years, is right that the players are moving too fast for officials to get these calls correct every time. The drawback is slowing the game down even more. It's already at the point where every turnover and scoring play is now being reviewed.

The Ravens would likely be in favor of replay, based on how these hits have hurt them this season. According to The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens were assessed more 15-yard penalties (of all kinds) during the regular season than any team since 2000.

If Pollard is fined for his latest hit, it would mark the sixth time that Pollard and safety Ed Reed have received fines this season. With the amount of money being taken away from him, Pollard has a question for the league.

"We get taxed for that money. You owe us a right to tell us where that money is going," he said. "But right now, as fans and as players, nobody is stepping up and saying where that fine money going. Six, seven players ... they made almost $400,000. Where is that money at? Nobody wants to step up and ask that question."

According to the NFL Charities website, fine money from on-field and off-field player fines is donated through the NFL Foundation to various programs, including those to assist former NFL players via the NFL Player Care Foundation and the NFLPA’s Players Assistance Trust. This fine money has netted an average of approximately $4 million per year over the last four years for distribution to those charitable organizations.