Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn definitely racked up the yards and memorable sound bites during his extensive NFL playing career. Horn was a the go-to-guy in the lockeroom for interviews and likewise delivered on the field, being named to the Pro Bowl four times during his 7-year stay in New Orleans. During each of those four seasons, he had at least 1,265 yards receiving.
He's been out of the league since 2007, but Horn can still talk with the best of them when it comes to pro football. That includes the one-year suspension levied to Saints head coach Sean Payton, for failing to cease the team's bounty program and then lying to commissioner Roger Goodell about it. Horn says he was "disgusted" with Goodell's ruling and adds that the commissioner is "untouchable."
Horn says pools rewarding players for big hits or knocking guys out of games have existed in the NFL for years, and wonders why the commissioner is so surprised to learn of them. Better yet, he wonders why it took so long for Goodell to make his findings. Horn also played for Chiefs and Falcons, and says rewards for big hits around the league could range for $800 to $5,000.
Horn even claims that while playing for the Saints, and opposing coach offered his team $10,000 to knock "Hollywood" out of the game. He wouldn't identify which coach or team, bad claims he had 180 yards receiving that day and "we beat the hell out of them".
Horn points out that star quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Kurt Warner weren't highly upset about the findings against the Saints, leading further credence to the thinking the entire situation has been blown out of proportion.
For the complete, candid interview listen above.
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