For the first time in NFL history, the league has decided to start revealing how many players are fined each week and how much money each player will be fined. It’s a surprising display of transparency considering the NFL has never shown any indication that it was even considering releasing this information.
In the past, the NFL never officially announced fines, but the numbers were still sometimes leaked by various journalists and by the players themselves.
The NFL process is pretty simple. If a player is fined, the league sends them a letter informing them of what they did. The letter includes video of the play in which they allegedly violated an NFL rule. The letter also explains precisely why the player is being fined and how much it will cost. At this point, the player can appeal the fine or agree to have it deducted from their next salary.
Letters are sent out during the week, then fines are usually finalized on Saturday, which is when the league will release this year’s fine figures. The first batch of information was released on September 16 when the NFL released all of the Week 1 fines.
According to the league, 2,468 games were played in the first week and 32 fines were issued, meaning a total of 1.3% of games resulted in a fine.
The largest individual fine of Week 1 was issued to Arizona’s Kyzir White, who received $18,056 for an unnecessary roughing play in which he hit Sam Howell while the Commanders QB was down. boundaries.
The player who paid the most fines in the first week was Quinnen Williams, who was fined two separate $13,333 for a total of $26,666.
By the way, if you’ve ever wondered where the money from fines goes, it all goes to the Professional Athletes Foundation and the NFL Foundation.