Joe Flacco started the season saying he was the best quarterback in the National Football League. He ended it as the most valuable player in the Super Bowl, staving off a comeback by the San Francisco 49ers that began after a power failure at the Superdome delayed the game.
The National Football League suspended Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton for one year, taking unprecedented action after finding the New Orleans Saints ran a bounty program that paid players for injuring opponents.
The full-season suspension of professional football player Jonathan Vilma for his alleged role in a player injury bounty program was “too harsh,” a judge said -- adding that she may be unable to change it.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell moved to protect the U.S.’s most popular sport with an unprecedented suspension of Super Bowl- winning coach Sean Payton for a bounty program that paid players on the New Orleans Saints for injuring opponents.
Jonathan Vilma, the New Orleans Saints linebacker fighting a full-season suspension from the National Football League, told a U.S. judge he never offered or received money for inflicting extra-violent hits on opponents.