Griese said no bounties necessary in '70s
Trying to knock the other team's starting quarterback out of the game is nothing new, says Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese to the Associated Press.
While there may not have been bounties per se, the intent to get the other team's quarterback out of the game was very much in play, says Griese, who led the Dolphins to three straight Super Bowls and two championships in the early '70s.
"Everybody would try to get the quarterbacks out of the game back then," Griese said. "They weren't getting paid for it. They would just try to knock you out."
Griese himself fell victim in 1972, suffering a broken ankle at the hands of Deacon Jones and Ron East. He wound up missing most of the Dolphins' perfect 17-0 season, giving way to Earl Morrall, though he returned in time to lead Miami to its Super Bowl triumph over Washington.
Griese said the attacks weren't personal, just part of the game.
"It wasn't malicious, it was just hard hitting," Griese said. "There were no bounties. They kind of knew that if you knock the quarterback out of the game, you had a pretty good chance of winning."
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com