Getting Down and Dirty

Posted on September 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Following what can only be described as one of the dirtiest hits we’ve seen in recent years, Oakland Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict was suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the season. In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Burfict lowered his head and initiated a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts TE Jack Doyle. While Burfitct certainly isn’t the only dirty player the league has ever seen (Ndamukong Suh, Richie Incognito, James Harrison, really, this list could go on and on), he seems to blatantly disregard rules the league has put in place to protect the players. And because of that, for the first time in awhile, we see fans supporting the NFL for their decisions – a usual rarity, especially with Roger Goodell serving as Commissioner. We’re sure the decision will be appealed, but if we could give Burfict any advice, it would be that he shouldn’t hold his breath.

In the Fan Controlled Football League, we aim to provide the fans with an entertaining experience, and we believe that can be achieved while also keeping players safe. We’re still building out our league rule book, but how do the fans want to handle blatant, aggressive hits like the one Burfict’s reputation has been built off of? Should a hit like the one we saw in last night’s game result in an immediate season suspension? We think a bulk of the fans would say yes. Others may call for a warning system, maybe something along the line of ‘three strikes, you’re out.’ Regardless of what you think is the appropriate action, let us know! We want to make sure your voices are heard and our players are safe!