Posted by Michael David Smith on November 4, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT
The NFL fined Steelers safety Ryan Clark $15,000 for a personal foul against the Patriots, but Clark isn’t complaining.
Instead, Clark said he understands that the NFL is making player safety an emphasis and that he crossed the line.
“They’re really setting high standards for fair play,” Clark told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They’re also setting high standards for keeping players healthy, safe. And that’s something we as players wanted implemented.”
Several other Steelers players have ripped the league office for handing down fines over the last couple of years, but Clark — the team’s union representative — doesn’t seem to see things the same way as his teammates.
“If you hit a guy out of bounds, they’ve been fining for that,” Clark said, “so I’ve got to be smarter.”