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Former Redskins OL Says Gibbs Paid For Hits

Former Washington Redskin Hogg George Starke said on an ESPN 980’s sports reporter’s that Coach Joe Gibbs would pay $100 dollar bills for hit on quarterbacks. Starke was asked about Gibbs claim that he didn’t know about payouts for hits on quarterbacks.  “That’s just too stupid,” Starke said. “Of course he knew. “

“Let’s be clear: the reason that the Hogs did that Hogs Night Out poster…was, in the meeting after the game, Joe Gibbs would come in, he’d have a fistful of $100 bills,” Starke said. “And if Dexter (Manley) knocked the quarterback down three times, he would get three hundred-dollar bills. And Joe would pass the money out in the meeting, and we would have to duck.

Gibbs said that such incentive-based pay was within NFL rules at the time. “In my first stint coaching the Redskins, we did have an incentive program in place to recognize the guys for outstanding plays made within the rules of the game,” Gibbs said. “Back then there was no salary cap and the incentive program we used was within the league rules. We had all kinds of incentives, including dinners at local restaurants, radios, the chance to sit in a La-Z-Boy recliner during team meetings and cash rewards. To be clear — we only used rewards as a motivational tool and to recognize the guys who made positive plays in the game each week.”

George Starke was an original member of the famed Washington Hoggs. Starke played from 1973 to 1984. Joe Gibbs first coached the Redskins from 1981 till 1992.

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