Plays like that used to be praised. many of the best safeties in history were famous for making plays like that. It was clearly a shoulder to the chest. The shock of the hit brought the guys head down. Complete garbage.
I read today that NFL viewership is down 20%, and that it will cost the owners over $900M. I think there is a lot incorrect assumption / conventional wisdom that the loss of viewers is because of the anthem kneelers. While I think that the player protests are a factor in reduced viewership, I actually believe that more people are tuning out because of the referees' flags flying on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, rendering the games virtually unwatchable. And the NFL, without fail, will always double down on what I consider to be a brutal call on the field just like they did today, by levying a ridiculously high fine for the play in question. With all due respect to the posters who have stated that it was a good and correct call, there is literally nothing they can say that will convince me that Peppers play was anything other than a really good defensive play by an NFL Safety doing his job right. The NFL is committing institutional suicide with their arbitrary enforcement of the ever-changing rules of the game, IMO. It used to be a beautiful game. Now its just annoying.
Here's the hardest hit I've ever seen. I was at this game in the upper deck at Riverfront Stadium and we heard it up there. Thom Darden layed the lumber on this one. I can't believe McInally survived, let alone come back into the game in the 2nd half. What a game it was....the 1980 Browns clinched the AFC Central.
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. - John Muir
Darden really overestimated McInally's vertical ability on that play and - I think - ended up hitting him a bit higher than he meant to. A couple other thoughts from that video: (1) I liked the Browns' uni's; and (2) at the beginning of the play you see #57, Clay Matthews rushing the passer and at the end of it, you see him 15-20 yards downfield trying to recover the loose ball. You also see him try to lateral the loose ball, LOL. What was it with him trying to lateral all the time? Just Clay being Clay, I guess.